Day 254 (11 Sep 2012) I remember. . .

 

I remember exactly where I was on 9/11/01.  I remember that I was a senior in college at Savannah State University starting my last semester.  I remember that I was in NROTC preparing to take the Oath of Office as an Ensign in the US Navy that December.

I remember that my clock radio woke me up some time after the first tower was struck.  I remember the DJ saying a plane had hit the World Trade Center in New York and thinking why the huge deal over a small plane collision with a big building.  I remember that the possibility of an airliner crashing into such a huge building, or that a major terrorist attach on US soil never entered the realm of possibilities as I hit snooze.  I remember that when I finally did crawl out of bed the shock and horror I felt when I finally realized what had happened.  I remember the anger, fear, and uncertainty that followed for the rest of the day.

I remember how everything changed after that day.  I remember the explosion of patriotism  that swept the nation.  I remember that you couldn’t find a US flag in the store; as they were all sold out.  I remember our nation preparing and going to war in Afghanistan while I was in my naval training.  I remember watching the news of it between classes and being frustrated that I was stuck in a brick building in Groton, CT, and not out on my ship taking the war to the enemy.  I remember about 5 years later that I would go to Afghanistan, and finally “do my part.”

When I see the indifference that the ‘people’ of this nation now have towards the conflict or the event 11 years ago, I remember the lives lost on that horrific day, and those lost since and still being lost.

I remember.

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I remember 9-11

Day 174 (22 June 2012) Patriotism

Today’s image is for the photo scavenger hunt (hosted by SeeingSpotsPhotography and Nick Exposed), under the title “Patriotism”.  When I think of the word Patriotism, my first thoughts are of the US Flag, followed closely by our men and women in uniform: Navy, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Air Force, Fire Fighters, Police, and others who risk themselves for their fellow man.
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60 mm, 1/640 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Patriotism)

Here is the list I’m shooting from.  I’m supposed to “find” 15 of these:

  • Chuck Norris Was Here
  • “Big Foot Footprint”
  • Reflected Love
  • Abstract Self Portrait
  • Framed Moon
  • “Whats your sign”
  • Anti-gravity
  • Unusual Perspective
  • Abandoned
  • Silence
  • Pride and Joy
  • Emerging Star
  • Buried Treasure
  • Sparkler fun
  • Clownin Around Upside-down
  • Lyric Quotograph
  • Summer
  • Patriotism
  • Night