Final Formation 2013

Final Formation
Final Formation

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Today we honor those whole gave their lives in battle. The men and women buried here are for the most part young people who, in defense of America’s values, made the ultimate sacrifice. Whenever I am in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery I am moved by the sacrifice of these fallen Americans who did what had to be done to preserve liberty for all of us. I wish each one of them could have survived and returned home to their family and friends to enjoy a long and happy life but sadly that was not their fate.

Wars are waged by politicians, be they in defense or in agression, yet war is almost always fought by the young whose lives are forever changed by the act of participation. It would be wonderful if mankind could eliminate wars but unfortunately that does not seem to be our nature.

I salute all who occupy this sacred ground and hope that my images do them justice as they muster for their final formation. As the US Marines say Semper Fidelis. Rest in Peace you brave souls.

Final Formation #2
Final Formation #2

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For those who are interested in what processing I applied to these images; I used a single exposure and processed it exclusively in Aperture 3. The sepia version was also created in Aperture 3 from the color version with the simple addition of the Sepia adjustment in the Aperture 3 adjustment menu.


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9 thoughts on “Final Formation 2013

  1. Amen. Beautiful tribute to heroes who served. My Dad was served in WW II in the South Pacific. Today I honor him and all the men and women who preserved and are actively keeping PEACE which should remain above all else throughout the world. Thank you for your sentiments in wonderful words and marvelous photographs.

  2. Wonderfully expressed and photographed, thank you Nick! In my opinion sepia gives the photo-view exactly the right feel.

  3. Hello Nick!

    My husband and I talked to you at the Beatersville Car Show.

    We have subscribed to your blog and can’t wait to see your photos.

    We were curious as to what you charged for your private lessons.

    If you get a chance we would like to get more info.

    Thank you for giving us your card and letting us know about the organization.

    Heather and Todd Hunter

    Date: Mon, 27 May 2013 14:58:03 +0000 To:

    1. Thank you Richard. I think too many people see Memorial Day as just another long weekend and fail to grasp the real reason we set it aside. I’m not a veteran but my Dad and both ny sons served and I know firsthand the sacrifices they made for our liberty.

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