The Digital Photo Guy

Veterans Day 2011

by on Nov.11, 2011, under Articles, Monday Morning Tips

Long Ago and Far Away…

Why are we still repeating the same mistakes? The names and places change but not the finality. I grieve for the those who didn’t return.


6 Comments for this entry

  • Cyndi

    Thanks for sharing the photo of the younger you. Made me think of some letters I read a few years ago. They were written by a 17 or 18 year old who was in Vietnam. He was a family friend and was only about five years older than me. At that time he seemed a grown man to me, but when his sister shared his letters a few years ago it was clear that he was still just a kid. He died when he was 31 or 32 from cancer after many bad years. Most likely Agent Orange. His name isn’t on the wall but it should be.

    Glad you made it.


    • Lee

      Thanks Cyndi,
      Sorry to hear about your friend. We were all kids back then. I have to smile when I think about the young smart-ass in the photo who thought he knew everything. Vietnam was a million dollar experience: I wouldn’t trade that experience for a million dollars but I wouldn’t do it again for a million dollars.


  • Cherie

    Thank you. Our challenge is to remember our service members and their families everyday as they are living war and our country finds it so easy to ignore it. I choose to believe that if enough of us believe in peace it will happen. May I ask where the picture was taken? By you? Of you?
    with belief in peace

    • Lee

      Hi Cherie,
      I hope you’re right but I fear each new generation has to learn the lessons for themselves. The photo is of me in Vietnam when I was young and knew everything. Now, I’m old and realize I know nothing.


  • Flick Coleman

    Thanks, Lee, for the reminder. We as a species continue to fail to heed Santayana’s warning that “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it”, and in doing so also condemn ourselves to another of Santayana’s statements, “Only the dead know the end of war”. As Pete Seeger said “When will they ever learn”.



    • Lee

      Thanks Flick,
      Great quotes. If I may add another, from my wife, “I love humanity, it’s people I don’t like!”

      Enjoyed your bluejay photos. I especially liked the watercolor effect on the jay. It’s very Japanese-like. I also like the effects on your construction series. It’s hard to make house construction photos look interesting but you’ve managed! I once spent a summer house-sitting in Wellesley. I used to walk down to Emack & Bolio’s ice cream shop. Thanks for reading.


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