Memorial Day & Monuments

We’ve been to Washington, D.C. three times in the last ten years. The monuments to our fallen soldiers are a sight to appreciate and contemplate. They have made the greatest sacrifice for our way of life – a free life.

Perhaps most impressive is the tomb of the unknown soldier, not pictured in today’s piece. However, the fact that this tomb is watched over and guarded with respect despite non knowing who lays entombed is both impressive and important. For, it does not matter who – but what the tomb and the anonymity represent. To me, the tomb represents any and all of us.

Below are some of the images I’ve captured of our monuments that memorialize the sacrifices our soldiers have made for over 200 years on behalf of the United States.

© Carol Labuzzetta, 2012
Korean War Memorial © Carol Labuzzetta, 20212
WWII Memorial, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2019.
WWII Memorial. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2019
WWII Memorial. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2019.
Vietnam Memorial. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2012
Gettysburg National Battlefield. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2009.
Revolutionary Tombstone in Parma, NY cemetary. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2021
Metal near revolutionary war tombstone in Parma NY. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2021
Arlington National Cemetary. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2012
A dedicated veteran’s tombstone in Arlington. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2012.

Today, in the midst of your picnics, music, and relaxation, please take a minute to remember those we’ve lost, both those we know and those we don’t, in our efforts to maintain the many freedoms we’ve come to know, enjoy, and expect as part of our lives in these United States.

Happy Memorial Day!

Washington, D.C., 2012. © Carol Labuzzetta.

4 thoughts

  1. Beautiful images. It’s hard to do them justice in photographs, but somehow you’ve managed. For what it’s worth, have you ever seen the Korean War memorial in the dark? Powerful stuff.

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    1. Thanks. Yes, I’ve toured all the monuments at night. The Korean War Memorial (my photo here is not my best one but I was pressured for time) can be very stirring, to say the least. I love the monuments at night – it gives one more pause, I think. They are powerful, indeed.

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