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This is an ironic situation. In this image, there is beauty, simmetry, colors and sadness. If it weren’t for all of the Veterans and Active Personell that gave their all, this image would not be possible. I would prefer that this shot was never taken. For something that can be so beautiful, it is sad that there is a need for such things as Veterans Cemetaries. I wish this cemetary had been here when my father died in 1997. He would have been proud to have been laid to rest here with fellow veterans from all branches of the military, he was retired Air Force. I think he was in for around 23 years. I do know he took plart in the Berlin Air Lift, but I don’t recall him ever saying anything about World War II. My mom married him when I was 6 and he adopted us 3 kids when I was 12, so I’m not knowledgeable of his entire military past.
I also just happened to think about the date. If you figure this on a numeric stance, it comes out as “12-11-10”. This will never come back around and fall in this manner, until we reach the year 3010. That’s 1000 years, wow I just realized how long that’s going to be. I’m afraid none of us will be here to observe it’s happening. We will get a “10-11-12”, in two years, but no more 12-11-10 for a very long, long, lonnngg time. I used my Canon EOS Kiss Rebel 300D and my Canon 100-300mm telephoto AF Macro lens. If memory serves me, the focal length was at 200MM. I was actually sitting in my drivers seat of my Ford Explorer, shooting out my passenger window when I took this shot. I did finally get out and walk around some, but I didn’t do much photoshooting at that time. Scenes like this one, sadden me. To think of all it has taken to keep our freedoms. This cemetary on Midway Road in Dixon, California in the United States, is only 3 1/2 years old and there are already over 7,500 permanent members of this property. It is filling up way too fast in my eyes.
For some reason, while I was typing this storyline, these next words came to my head, so I felt I had to write them down.

We send them off to fight a war,
Yet, not old enough to vote.
We train them to survive alone,
Then place them on a crowded boat.

Across the seas they all must go,
Often never to return.
The hearts of all their loved ones
Now have only but the burn.

The fire that it creates inside,
Can never be put out.
The life it took from someone’s heart
Is far beyond a dought.

They’re never to come home again
To see the one’s they love.
But, to be laid under a flag, in a box
By hands covered with white gloves.

Be them old or be them young,
We will send them off to war.
Then we always will have to need a place
To bury them that’s for sure.

For loved ones who come here to grieve,
this will always be the place,
Where they can come and look on the years
And remember their loved ones face.


  • Jomvik
    Jomvikabout 4 years ago

    the care here is moving…everyone of them remembered, maybe even someone says hello to them in passing from time to time. its deserved & no doubt it would happen here in this beautiful place of honour. good job smokeman. Jom

  • Thank you Jom. It is sad that such places are needed and yes, some people did have personal items to lay at some headstones. If you look about 7 rows back, near center image, there are some personal items leaning against the wreath that took presidence over all else. It must be very hard for parents of young soldiers to have to come out here each year and find their son, daughter, or only child, laying here with others. The only thing most of them having in common, they were all service personell. Thank you for adding this image to your favorites. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Bob :)


  • Nancy Stafford
    Nancy Staffordabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you Nancy, I am honored and humbled at your feature of my image. It’s sad that such a place is needed. Long time no see, how have you been? Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year. Bob ;)


  • High Nancy, I was just wondering, I lost your banner from this feature. Could you tell me which group this feature was in. I know it was a while back, do you know if it was for Image Writing 2/24 or California Sound? I’m trying to make sure I post each and every banner from my featured images. Bob ;)


  • Briar Richard
    Briar Richardabout 4 years ago

    Your wonderful capture and pointed prose are very sobering, Smokeman. We all need a reminder sometimes. Thanks for sharing.

  • Thank you Briar Richard. Sometimes though, the reminders are very, very sobering. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Bob :)


  • E.R. Bazor
    E.R. Bazorabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture Bob.
    May the Lord bless all who have given so much and their families…and may the wars come to and end so there is no need for any more ceremonies to lay our young veterans to rest.

  • Thank you Estes. Yes, may the wars come to an end so that our veterans can live a long and happy life, unfortunately, most of the young military personell here, have been killed in the recent conflicts. Maybe we should send the politicians to war and let them fight with the other waring leaders, keep our young pesonell home and safe. After all, it is the leaders of countries that cause and start the conflicts. Not, the young and old soldiers. Long time no hear, it’s good to hear from you again. Have you done the Old Town Sac walk yet? Have a Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year Estes and Linda. Bob :)


  • Yannik Hay
    Yannik Hayabout 4 years ago

    Beautifully captured! Great work :)

  • Thank you Yannik, it is nice to hear from you again. I always appreciate your compliments. Here’s hoping you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Bob :)


  • E.R. Bazor
    E.R. Bazorabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful photo!
    Your hosts – E.R. and Linda J. Bazor (December 19th, 2010)
    In honor and with prayers for those we have lost.

  • Thank you Estes and Linda for yet another fine feature in the most wonderfull group, Northern California Style. I am once again, humbled and honored. I hope this holliday season finds you both well and happy. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Bob :)


  • Buckwhite
    Buckwhiteabout 4 years ago

    Very nice and very touching photo. It is here and at the Veteran Hospitals that we realize that freedom is not free.
    I think these wreaths were donated:
    More than 100,000 wreaths are being placed at many of the approximately 350 national and private veterans’ cemeteries around the country this holiday season. Nearly 20,000 wreaths were donated by the Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine, which donated holiday wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery since 1992 and to VA national and state veterans cemeteries for the past three years. The remaining wreaths were paid for by donors to the non-profit organization Wreaths Across America, which oversees the program. For more information, visit the Wreaths Across America website.
    Find ways to support and honor U.S. military servicemembers and veterans who protect our security and freedom. Visit the Military.com Support our Troops webpage.
    Thank you for posting this shot.

  • Thank you Buck. Yes, it is a good thing that the wreaths are donated and that there are so many people willing to participate in the laying of the wreaths. The timing all across America is situated so that every time zone has their Wreath laying at exactly 9:00am West Coast time. So that they take place at 9, 10, 11, and 12 noon, as close as possible to all taking place at the same times. My dad was retired Air Force after 22 years. He participated in the Berlin Air Lift, served in the states during the Korean conflict and served two tours of duty in Viet Nam. The weekend that he and some other personell decided to be gone for the weekend, their barracks were mortered. So, had they been in barracks, they would have all been killed that weekend. Fortunately, my dad and all his companions in Viet Nam, all returned home unharmed,,,,physically that is. My dad was changed somewhat after he came home. He passed in 1997 at the age of 71, before the new cemetary was opened, so we layed him to rest in our local cemetary. My mom will be layed beside him, she is now 81 and I am very proud of her for spending 31 years working at Travis AFB as a civilian secretary. First 10 was at base procurement, then 10 at base recreations, then 11 at the tower comunications office. She basically ran the tower and base commanders office. I am proud of my dad and my mom for the service they gave our country. I tried, but 7 days after entering basic training, my knees, both litterally got to be the size of basketballs. My service carrier was ended long before I was ready for it to. I guess three major surgeries on your knees isn’t a good thing to have before trying to enter the military. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Bob :)


  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your December 20, 2010 feature in deviants redbubblers!

  • Wow, I totally missed this one. Thank you for the feature in your fine group. I am always honored and humbled when one of my images makes a feature or someones favorites page. Happy New Year. Bob :)


  • linmarie
    linmarieabout 4 years ago

    wow,, thank you for the story, and for the poem, but most of all , thank you for honoring them, peace and love linmarie

  • Thank you linmarie, you are quite welcome. I felt like it was necessary to let people know about the horrific life waisting,,,these wars create. A lot of young men will never know what it’s like to be older than 18 or 19. Such a waiste. Bob ;)


  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture and interesting information.

  • Thank you Rosalie, I appreciate the compliment. The poem actually came after I posted the image. Bob ;)


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