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Capture Date/Time:May 28, 2007 09:10
Aperture/Shutter Speed:f/5.6, 1/500 sec
ISO: 250
Flash: none

Another shot from the Traveling Memorial in Grant Park from this weekend. I stared at this pair of boots for a long, long time. I couldn't turn my eyes away. I saw hundreds of boots close up, and many of them had notes and cards and summaries of the soldiers' lives. But this one haunts me for some reason. I almost feel like I knew him, and whoever took that photo had no idea that it would end up here, attached to his boots in a park on Memorial Day.


05.29.07, 01:18 PM, P.J.:

A very powerful image.

05.30.07, 02:06 AM, navin:

I am sure you must have had a sleepless night after that visit. It must have moved you tremendously.

05.30.07, 07:59 AM, Pieter:

great find and thanks for sharing:)

05.30.07, 11:11 AM, Ana:

29, of Starksboro, Vt.; assigned to the 626th Forward Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; killed Nov. 15 when two 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters crashed in Mosul, Iraq.

05.30.07, 12:56 PM, Roger:

I am so glad you put some story behind this image. I too stared at these boots for some time before I ever clicked the comment/info link. First thing I thought was I hope there is more info. I am right there with you on these boots though. Very grabbing.

05.30.07, 07:32 PM, ndiginiz:

Tena koe ehoa
Loss of life is a humbling experience to say the least. Perhaps what's more disconcerting is the manner in which life is lost? I think the world has becomes somewhat desensitised to the nature of death now that it goes by seemingly unnoticed and without recognition, until death finds it's way to our own front doors.

"A personal tragedy is the nature of what man does to man in the name of freedom - where is it in our history and nature that we learnt, killing is the pathway to freedom?"
"From death can only come more death"

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