Picture of the Day - September 28, 2009
Fort Sam Houston Military Cemetery
Photo courtesy of Lauren Blackwell.
(Click on the photo for a larger view) "Greater love
hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
If you love
this great country as much as I do, there are probably few
scenes that evoke as much emotion as a military cemetery. Nowhere
else on the planet can one find a more powerful symbol of just what
it takes to keep this great country free than in the midst of
thousands of white tombstones marking the graves of our fallen
Photographer Lauren Blackwell captured this dramatic image just a
few days ago, and here is her very moving story behind it:
"This was shot on a September evening at Fort Sam Houston
Cemetery in San Antonio. I had just attended an evening
service and was driving home when I noticed the dramatic
had seen them earlier in the day and knew they would
shots in the evening--but I was very tired and wanted
to go home.
Driving up the highway, I realized I could not ignore
the sky--on one
side of me were dark clouds with pouring rain; on
the opposite were
rapidly building storm clouds with pink skies;
directly in front was a
I tried rapidly to think of a place to go and shoot, hoping to catch
rainbow. I turned east on the inner loop, not exactly sure where
as I don't frequent that side of the city. I left the highway
myself on the road towards Fort Sam Houston. The sign for
military cemetery suddenly gave me my direction!
I drove in the gates to find I was alone in the cemetery--well, I
not alone at all. I was surrounded by heroes and I knew God had
me to this place. I spent as much time reading names and
about our history as I did taking pictures. As a retired
veteran, I felt
a peace there among my comrades-in-arms, at least
one of whom
is buried there." --Lauren Blackwell
Name: Eric Garrett
Town: New York, NY
I too stand in awe every time I visit a military cemetery. These
folks deserve to be respected and remembered.
Name: Ruth Jennings
Town: Lawton, OK
Very moving. Nice perspective Ms. Blackwell.
Name: Juanita L. Ruffner
Town: Negley, OH
Very moving story! It was meant to be for you being
there...Excellent capture, Lauren.
Town: Spokane, WA
Excellent photo today Lauren! I am humbled anytime I see a photo
like this, to think of all of the young men and women who have given
their all for our freedom. My daughters boyfriend leaves today for
Qatar. He is an airplane mechanic in the Air force. While where he
is going is relatively safe, you just never know.
Anyway, back to your photo, you did an excellent job composing this
photo! I love the sky and the trees. Do I detect a hint of HDR work
here? If so, I think it is incredibly well done! I look forward to
more of you photos here. Thanks for sharing this one!
Town: Gatlinburg, TN
A sobering, beautiful and emotion-filled image. Thanks for sharing
it with us, Lauren.
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