Today, on the United States Memorial Day, we remember those who fought for our country, who continue to fight for freedom, and who support the country we love.
To honor this holiday, photographers from the USA and around the world, have submitted images representing patriotism, peace, and/or freedom to MCP Actions. Your stories touched our hearts. They brought tears to our eyes on many occasions and showed the power photography and words. We received more than 300 photos. Choosing 10 was nearly impossible. It took Ellie and Jenna, my 9 year old twins, my husband and me to narrow until we finally got there. I am proud to share the 10 selected for this blog post – as well as 60 images in a slide show. Due to time I added 50 photos at random plus the 10 finalists to this slide show. I hope you enjoy!
If your image is one of the 10 below, you are eligible for a 16×20 print from Color Inc Pro Lab. Shipping is included if you are located within the United States. Those outside the USA will need to pay shipping for the print. To redeem your print, you need to contact me by June 5th, and I will put you in touch with the lab to claim your prize.
For a very limited time, through June 2nd, 2011, get 50% off your 1st order at Color Inc, exclusions apply, by using the code: MCP2011.
“I live in Missouri near the Joplin area, which was recently hit with the deadly tornado you may have scene on the news. The sky after the storm was so beautiful, and when I saw this scene, I knew I had to capture the image. It reminds me of how strong we can be as a nation, and stand together in times like this. My thoughts and prayers go out to those who lost everything, including loved ones.”
“This photo truly says the whole story.”
“The casket of President Gerald Ford, photographed just a few moments before it made its final journey to the tomb at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan.”
We received dozens of amazing baby photos, in arms of a soldier, inside shoes or wrapped in clothing or even a hat from a person in the military. This one really stood out as being different. Love this shot.
Photo of the fireworks with the memorials in Washington DC in the background.
Shannon calls this photo “In You I Trust.”
“This was taken at the beginning of this year. His dad has been deployed since last June. And he is home. I can’t wait to capture the meeting of these two!”
“Memorial Day 2008: A silent red white and blue testament to war’s bitter costs… 4,576 American flags covered the lawn of the First Congressional Church of Ridgefield, CT honoring those Americans who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan (How many flags would they need Memorial Day 2011?)”
“I took this picture on last year’s Memorial Day trip to Washington DC. My kids were marching in the Memorial Day Parade and during their trip visited all of the memorials. Many of us in the group have friends or relatives that have served or currently serve in the Armed Forces. Myself, I was a new Marine Mom, and this year my youngest son will be leaving for boot camp. It is through tears that I reflect on all the names on the wall, thinking that one day there may be a memorial with the name of my son etched in the granite.
Americans died fighting for our country, fighting for freedom, fighting to make this world a better place. It’s the ultimate sacrifice that a mother dreads, but pride still beats in our hearts as we hold our heads high and give thanks to those who went before them.
To them and us, the flag still stands for freedom and forever may it wave.”
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