Solemn Visitor

fototaker

Rota, Spain

Artist's Description

To me it seems these days the only time our fallen of yesterday are remembered is only on Memorial Day when it should be everyday. To think so many departed from our shores to fight, and did not return. Have you been inside a National Cemetery lately? At all? You’ll find a quiet landscape of slopes and trees, of green grass and thousands of tombstones. This is where America’s heroes rest…. forgotten. Never forget our military past, present and future! In this image, it seems a goose’s landing is about the only sincere visit to such a cemetery in the San Francisco Bay Area. Handheld Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5 IS L lens with a Tamron 1.4 teleconverter unedited and unretouched

These days I hear people complaining of their daily lives: working hard at their jobs (or not), problems with the family, the kids going crazy….

You’ll discover In the San Francisco Bay Area there are a few ~ these cemeteries are quiet sad places where our brothers, sister, fathers and husbands sleep all day. Not that they ever wanted to… I think they would rather be playing with their kids, watching them grow and mature. Buying a new car, and having a home to go home to. Instead they were called to Duty and went. Many went… and many never returned to their families or to their hometowns.

In these cemeteries they are forever remembered seemingly during a national holiday by a very small group of people, when the majority actually think only of store sales, family get-togethers, vacations, and more. YOU should go to a national cemetery. Take a look at how many individuals are resting there… It’s because of their sacrifices, and of sacrifices by their families YOU are able to forget them, and remember only yourself and your BBQs, your cars, and your fishing trips. You should never forget your brothers and sisters who fought and still fight so you can live and enjoy the Freedoms you take for granted today. You are so ungrateful… look around: most of the homeless you see on City Streets are veterans. Forgotten and without a home. This is what they fought for… to be Forgotten. To be a Nobody. To live on streets and laughed at by residents and tourists alike…. To fight nightmares that never leave them, and with an enemy today that is worst than they ever encountered on their past battlefields. And you laugh at their sad plight – you should be ashamed of yourself. Count the numbers buried in the cemeteries… see the states they left, or which branch of the Armed Forces they fought in. Do you even care?

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