Uncommon Valor Was a Common Virtue

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© Thad Zajdowicz
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UploadedApril 21, 2009
TakenApril 18, 2009
ModelCanon EOS 30D
Exposure1/200 sec at f/5.6
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length45 mm
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The gentleman in the wheelchair is Ernie -- he is 91 and was in Washington this past weekend as part of a group of World War Two veterans who are brought here to see Washington and its sights, especially the monuments. The World War Two Monument is a favorite, but for this man, the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, VA has special meaning -- he was a Marine on Iwo Jima when the event memorialized behind him occurred, the second raising of a larger flag by 5 Marines and a Navy corpsman. The quote at the base of the Memorial, Uncommon Valor Was a Common Virtue, was by Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, to honor the Marines. It was an honor to meet him and shake his hand. For photographers, it is also important to remember that the Memorial is based on the Pulitzer-winning photograph of Joe Rosenthal. Semper Fi, Marines!

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  • Klaus Girk

    Klaus Girk (Deleted) gave props (21 Apr 2009):

    What a great opportunity to meet and chat with him. Well done.

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (21 Apr 2009):

    Virtues that all people should aspire to. Inspirational capture!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (21 Apr 2009):

    Just imagine all the stories he could tell!! Wonderful capture.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (22 Apr 2009):

    My wife, Brenda's, father (Forrest "Pus" Johnson) who will turn 93 in July was in the 3rd Marines seeing action on Saipan. I believe the monument was designed by a Rhode Islander.

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (22 Apr 2009):

    Nice composition! Very patriotic.

  • Laura Hartley

    Laura Hartley said (22 Apr 2009):

    OUTSTANDING, in every way - the sentiment, the image, the camera, the monument. My husband's father was a Marine in WW2, and my grandfather bore shrapnel from that war in his chest til the day he died. I can only hope that future generations will stand proudly and as valiantly as did these men at that time. Were it not for patriotic and mighty US warriors, this nation would have faltered so many times. THANK YOU for a heartfelt, and happily received, tribute.

  • Tony Brown

    Tony Brown gave props (22 Apr 2009):

    Semper Fi, I love the shot.

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (23 Apr 2009):

    You must enter this in the "nice to meet you theme" Thad, it's a wonderful shot and lovely tribute!!

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (5 May 2009):

    I can't believe you didn't call me !!! love this...very touching.

  • Maria Cox

    Maria Cox gave props (7 May 2009):

    A wonderful tribute shot!

  • Samantha Linton

    Samantha Linton gave props (11 May 2009):

    Wonderful story - what a great way to honor this man and those who have given their lives for freedom

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