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The Few, The Proud and The Faithful by vigor

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I am dedicating this to all our men and women that are proudly serving our country.
Johnstown, Pennsylvania-USA

This is a special photo for me.
This is a picture of my son Ben (2nd to the bottom right) and his company from Johnstown, Pennsylvania Army National Guard taken in 2005, where they served in Iraq. Ben earned a medal of commendation when the first tank, where he normally was, hit an IED and his sgt. was killed. Ben ran out in enemy fire to his aid but sadly it was too late. I prayed for his safety the whole time he was gone. And I know the Lord answered this mother’s prayer, although his sgt. lost his life trying to defend our country against enemy terrorists. This is to thank all our military who are giving a great sacrifice in protecting America, which so many have taken for granted. I am proud of all our men, women, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters who still feel that this country is worth fighting for. Because of these unselfish people, we are free to celebrate another Memorial Day which is to remember those who fought and died to give us freedom. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!

“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” Jn. 15:13

It is my hope to always bring out something good and positive in all that I do! Despite our outward differences of faith, religion, culture, or even global location, one thing we all as humans embrace is a sense of acceptance, and belonging. Our art is an expression of who we are and a language that needs no words. It is my hope that my work depicts all that is loving and positive in which to edify others. I give all my thanks to my God who has uniquely and wonderfully created us in His image.

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  • John44
    John44over 4 years ago

    A glorious capture Viv
    Great job and such a great idea to bring Ben to us

    You are a well protected Mom with a son like Ben :-)

  • Thank you John, I am so very proud of him, although he’s not in the army national guard anymore. He’s an upstanding young man.

    – vigor

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanover 4 years ago

    Your words are so beautiful….how old is he??
    My best friend, a former Marine ( Viet Nam) works for a DOP company and he is heading to a base in Afghanistan in a couple of weeks…for 3 months…very scary….

  • Thank you Heather, Ben is now 31. Our military are so special and I am so proud of them. I will keep your friend in my prayers.

    – vigor

  • TxGimGim
    TxGimGimover 4 years ago

    Thanks for your tribute.Very well said.

  • Thank you Pearl.

    – vigor

  • Dennis Knecht
    Dennis Knechtover 4 years ago

    Thanks for bringing the story to us. Great photo- and you should be very proud. My nephew was an army medic in Iraq. He treated many wounded soldiers there.

  • Thank you Dennis, God bless your nephew and all who make such sacrifices!

    – vigor

  • Munggo
    Munggoover 4 years ago

    Great story and great shot

  • Thank you Steve!

    – vigor

  • zpawpaw
    zpawpawover 4 years ago

    Give Ben a hug from me and tell him "Thank You’! Beautiful tribute to a son from his mother! Will say a special prayer for his seargent and his family! Many pay the price for our freedoms, from the soilders as well as thier families!

  • Jerry, thank you, they are over looked too much for what they so unselfishly do for us. May God bless them and their families!

    – vigor

  • Lori Deiter
    Lori Deiterover 4 years ago

    Congrats on being featured in Welcome Pennsylvania ~ Have a great Memorial Day Weekend and thanks to Ben for serving our country!

  • Thank you Ideiter78 for this feature, this one is very special. Thank you for seeing it that way as well!

    – vigor

  • jeanlphotos
    jeanlphotosover 4 years ago

    How Beautiful a tribute.And Many Many thanks and much respect to All who service this country.God Bless Them
    Feature greatly deserved on this one Viv.congrats on many counts!!!!

  • Carl LaCasse
    Carl LaCasseover 4 years ago

    You must be very proud of him. I served in the USAF and I’m very proud of all who have served….C

  • Trish Threlfall
    Trish Threlfallover 4 years ago

    super capture :))

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