Located in Washington DC, this is the memorial for Veterans of World War II. My dearly departed Father-in-Law was a veteran of the Navy and the Army Air Corps during World War II. Also, a very special old friend of mine was a wounded and decorated Air Force World War II Veteran. I always think of my father-in-law and my old friend when I see this memorial and I wish them well with a tear but a smile.
This Memorial is a powerful place. Twenty-four bronze bas-relief panels flank the ceremonial entrance. As one walks around these panels, photographs and old newsreels can be viewed. For visiting veterans of WWII, these images and newsreels, often trigger memories and recollections of dozens of battle names and military campaign designations. A wall of 4,048 Gold Stars silently pays tribute to the sacrifice of more than 405,000 American lives. Fifty-six granite columns, split between two half-circles framing the rebuilt Rainbow Pool with its celebratory fountains, symbolize the unprecedented wartime unity among the forty-eight states, seven federal territories, and the District of Columbia.
** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"
- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)
- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.
::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"; Earth Wind and Fire