Monday, May 25, 2009

thank you...

Today I am mindful and grateful for the brave men and women who have served and are serving in our protective forces. These images are from Savannah artist, Ellen Susan's, Soldier Portrait series. The project is an ongoing documentation of active-duty soldiers using a Civil War era collodion wet-plate process of portrait photography.


Claire said...

These photos & words are moving!
God Bless them!

Life out Here said...

Thank you for posting this. Not enough honor is given to our servicemen and women. This post was touching. Thank you thank you.

Angela said...

This is a wonderful post, it is so cool to see these soldiers words and what it means to them to serve our country!! The photos are so cool, would love to have a family portrait done like this! Thanks for sharing.

jennifer said...

Awwww. LOVED THOSE!!! Thanks for sharing such a great message kates. xo j

Anonymous said...

A few quotes of imprecise origin below that elegantly yet forcefully describe our fighting men and women. They get to do the dirty work, and we get to piss and moan and generally enjoy a standard of living and freedom from fear unknown to countless others across the world. Their dedication to a cause larger than themselves is admirable and sincere, and the world continues to be a better place because of their past and present sacrifices and commitment. God bless them and those that they protect.

The idea actually came from Kipling, and it might have been Churchill who uttered the exact phrase often attributed to Orwell:

From Wikipedia:

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."

Alternative: "We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us."

In his 1945 "Notes on Nationalism", Orwell did state that, for the pacifist type of a nationalist, the notion that "Those who ‘abjure’ violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf." is impossible to accept. "Notes on Nationalism"

Notes: allegedly said by George Orwell although there is no evidence that Orwell ever wrote or uttered either of these versions of this idea. They do bear some similarity to comments made in an essay that Orwell wrote on Rudyard Kipling, when quoting from one of his poems.

"Yes, making mock o' uniforms that guard you while you sleep" - Rudyard Kipling (Tommy)

Alternative: "We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." - Winston Churchill (miscellaneous quotation, no date)"


Anonymous said...

What a gift to be able to read the words of these men and women who give so much.