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Searching for Solace by Jane Brack


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An elderly woman reaches up, in hopes to find the name of her loved one on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, Washington, DC.

Nikon D90, 50mm lens

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  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandabout 2 years ago

    I remember that wall greatly. Awesome capture!!

  • Thanks JR! It’s hard to forget, isn’t it. And the soldiers will never be forgotten.

    – Jane Brack

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeabout 2 years ago

    Lovely( & Sad) Capture;love the reflection:-)

  • Thanks so much Robin for your thoughtful words.

    – Jane Brack

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanabout 2 years ago

    Never seen the wall in person.. a sad memorial.. great capture…

  • Many thanks Heather! A place that shouldn’t be missed if you’re ever in town.

    – Jane Brack

  • GolemAura
    GolemAuraabout 2 years ago

    The Big Parade

    Detroit to D.C. night train, Capitol, parts East.
    Lone young man takes a seat.
    And by the rhythm of the rails, reading all his mother’s mail from a city boy in a jungle town postmarked Saigon.
    He’ll go live his mother’s dream, join the slowest parade he’ll ever see.
    Her weight of sorrows carried long and carried far.
    “Take these, Tommy, to The Wall.”

    When I saw The Wall myself in my very early 20’s I had to bring a friend who helped me walk, I was crying so hard. I’m a bit more bitter now that I’m older, but it really is one of the most powerful monuments ever created. Though I do know that her Civil Rights Memorial is as powerful.

    Wonderful capture, though it does hurt, and a good way :)

  • Thank you for your extremely thoughtful words and for sharing your pain. That song is beautiful and deeply sad. Gave me goosebumps at the end. Yes, it is a most powerful monument and when I’m wondering around downtown, it’s one of those places that I’m drawn to every time, where I find myself sitting on a park bench for long periods, just people watching and reflecting. A very moving experience and a wake up call, to be grateful for the sacrifices made……. every time. Thank you so much for your touching comments. I posted others from that afternoon, just today, if you’d like to check them out. My favorite out of the group is War Peace to you and yours.

    – Jane Brack

  • Peter Stone
    Peter Stoneabout 2 years ago

    Superb capture Jane

  • Thank you Peter!! I really appreciate it!

    – Jane Brack

  • AngieBanta
    AngieBantaabout 2 years ago

    Fantastic capture & reflection! I love this image~

  • So glad you like it, Angie! Thank you for such wonderful comments!

    – Jane Brack

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpabout 2 years ago

  • Many thanks for the feature, Marie!! I’m very grateful!

    – Jane Brack

  • JanT
    JanTabout 2 years ago

    Poignant story inherent in your excellent capture. Superb gesture and reflection. Truly a somber wall of names, and a war that confounded so many of us. (fav)

  • Thank you Jan for such thoughtful comments and fav! I appreciate it so very much!

    – Jane Brack

  • vigor
    vigorabout 2 years ago

    I have been here and it’s amazing to see so many names etched in the stones of time. Wonderful shot!

  • Thanks so very much!!

    – Jane Brack

  • John44
    John44about 2 years ago

    …as for the photo quality Jane
    Well spotted and taken!!
    Good job

  • Why, thank you John! Glad you like it!

    – Jane Brack

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