Some Gave All – 2017 Week 22

Since it is not granted to us to live long, let us transmit to posterity some memorial that we have at least lived.
— E. Joseph Cossman

We had attended our local Memorial Day Celebration at Soldiers Field a couple of times before. Now that I’ve gotten to know myself better as a photographer, I was looking forward to this year’s celebration.

I googled and found the celebration was on May 27. How could it be? Memorial Day is May 29! I checked again and again. Sure enough, it said May 27. Maybe we decided to celebrate a couple of days earlier because of the weather forecast? (This is Minnesota after all!) It must be!

So, Wei and I packed our cameras and drove to Soldiers Field. No one was there!

Have you ever had the feeling that you might not know who you really were? Am I alive and living in this world? I quietly took out the paper I’d printed. It said May 27, but it said 2013. ;-(

I had put a lot of trust (expectation?) in Google that it would display the most current information first and, apparently, I was wrong. And how stupid I was that, again and again, I stopped reading right after I saw the date, before seeing the year?

My conclusion: blind trust is dangerous.

However, it turned out to be a good photographing day. Since only a few people were there, I had plenty of time visualizing each picture before pressing the shutter release button.

Then, suddenly, I felt like to cry. I don’t know anyone whose name was on the wall, but we, somehow, were able to connect.

I remembered David, one fallen soldier’s father, told me that holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas…) were difficult. Every morning during holidays, his son usually was the first one walking into the kitchen, asking “Is coffee ready, Dad?”

Some gave all. Don’t let the memory of them drift away.

Thanks for visiting my blog.


About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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18 Responses to Some Gave All – 2017 Week 22

    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, GP. We went to Fort Snelling National Cemetery to pay our respect today. Not forgetting them seems the best thing we can do now. Yes?
      I have a question on a different subject.How do you post a photo in your comment? I couldn’t figure out…
      Have a good evening.

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  1. Amy says:

    Your photos brought me to tears…

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  2. Jet Eliot says:

    I liked this story a lot, Helen–the wrong date, showing up, photographing, connecting. And the story of David says everything. Beautiful post~~

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    • Helen C says:

      Good morning, Jet. David was very kind to reply my email (we didn’t know each other) and we had communicated more than 2 years. Then it came to the time for all of us to move on… with fond memories and great respect of his son.
      Have a wonderful day.


  3. Ted says:

    As a veteran, there are different memories. Yet one event drove it home to me. Some decades ago I passed a small protest gathering, an anti military one. It suddenly hit me, she could do this because I and others had put our lives on the line (some of my friends gave their lives) to preserve the liberty that allowed her to protest. Here she was doing that: without being imprisoned, tortured or mowed down by machine gun fire. She didn’t have the remotest clue as I smiled at her and continued to where I was going.

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    • Helen C says:

      Good morning, Ted. Thanks for taking time to comment. I’ll be honest with you, there are a lot of things happening in this world that I couldn’t comprehend. Someone once said to me, “One can not enlighten the unconsciousness.” Whenever I get very confused, I said to myself, “Apparently, one of us is unconscious, and I hope it’s not me.”
      I applaud you for being able to smile at that woman.
      Have a wonderful day.


    • Helen C says:

      Ted, there is no way to subscribe your blog so it will deliver to my inbox?


  4. That statue is heartbrakingly beautiful, Helen. You’ve captured it wonderfully. And about that trusting Google thing: too true! But I have to admit that I giggled a bit when reading 😉

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