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Picture of the Day - September 28, 2009

Fort Sam Houston Military Cemetery

A moving photo of 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."
    --(John 15:13)

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 heroes.

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 Military
    Cemetery in San Antonio. I had just attended an evening church
    service and was driving home when I noticed the dramatic skies. I
    had seen them earlier in the day and knew they would provide great
    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
    large rainbow.

    I tried rapidly to think of a place to go and shoot, hoping to catch the
    rainbow. I turned east on the inner loop, not exactly sure where to go
    as I don't frequent that side of the city. I left the highway and found
    myself on the road towards Fort Sam Houston. The sign for the
    military cemetery suddenly gave me my direction!

    I drove in the gates to find I was alone in the cemetery--well, I was
    not alone at all. I was surrounded by heroes and I knew God had led
    me to this place. I spent as much time reading names and thinking
    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

Visitor Comments...
    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.
    Name: Ron Trees
    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!
    Name: Gordon Brugman
    Town: Gatlinburg, TN

    A sobering, beautiful and emotion-filled image. Thanks for sharing it with us, Lauren.

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