MAY 28, 2007
I posted up a version of this a few hours ago but decided to repost it with more information. Apologies to Randy (and all who e-mailed me) for deleting the post and your comment.
As I was working on my original post a very low flying military helicopter scared the hell out of me as I looked out my top story window to see it buzz my roof top. (I wish I had my camera in hand.) I didn't know what that was all about but as it turned out, it signified the beginning of the local Bay Shore Memorial Day Parade. I heard High School bands fire up and the pounding of the drums. I grabbed my camera and went down to see neighbors and loads of children lining the street. I have to say, I was moved by the experience. I only took a few shots as I was more involved with watching the parade and all the smiling families.
Last night I was working on some sketches for this. It's a work in progress or may never be 'done'. I've already done 4 versions. Original sketches indicated crosses lining across the bottom of the piece. Maybe too much I thought. The version posted seemed to work the best for me because I wanted to make it as pure as possible. The 'bird of peace' remembering our soldiers. A symbol wearing a symbol. I wanted to remove violence or 'hard imagery' if possible.
Originally called Decoration Day, is a day of rememberance of soldiers who have died in the service of our country. In 2000 a resolution was passed in which Americans are asked at 3PM their local time, to pause in their day routine to voluntarily observe a moment of rememberance and respect for those who have fallen.
My father fought in the Vietnam War. I am glad that he is still here unlike so many unfortunate others. Regardless of politics, they deserve our respect for what they do.
Photos from this morning's parade follow.