Friday, May 25, 2012

Remembering, Memorial Day

Photo by Todd Heisler, 2006 Pulitzer Prize, Feature Photography.

When 2nd Lt. James Cathey's body arrived at the Reno Airport, Marines climbed into the cargo hold of the plane and draped the flag over his casket as passengers watched the family gather on the tarmac. During the arrival of another Marine's casket last year at Denver International Airport, Major Steve Beck described the scene as one of the most powerful in the process. "See the people in the windows? They sit right there in the plane, watching those Marines. You gotta wonder what's going through their minds, knowing that they're on the plane that brought him home," he said. "They're going to remember being on that plane for the rest of their lives. And they should."

Photo by Todd Heisler, 2006 Pulitzer Prize, Feature Photography.

Go here and begin with the first photo to read and see the whole story, including details about this photo . . . only if you are strong.

Go here to understand why remembering our past means so much to me. Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend and if you see a veteran, take a moment to thank him or her for serving your country.


Corrine at said...

Thank you for this post. The first link brought tears to my eyes at her holding her baby and her touching her dead husband at the same time. We should all be reminded at the sacrifice of our soldiers that affects so many families in ways we sometimes don't even stop to consider. Thank you and your wife for your service.

Seth said...

Beautiful post. We can always count on you on Memorial Day to bring us something meaningful.

Rima said...

Hi Don,
Just saw your artpiece in Seth Apter's new book, The Pulse of mixed media. I had to contact you to say thank you for creating such a meaningful work of art....I can't remember when I have been so moved. The simplicity, colors, strength and yet fragility of the art is so complete and gives one a sense of, 'yes Don I get!' I will remember this piece for a long time to come....bravo Don Madden.
Rima St.John