". . . they just fade away."

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© Donald Garrett
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Taken at the burial of a good friend, an older gentleman who had seen a tremendous amount of action in WWII. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. It was very fitting that he died on Veteran's Day.

As I snapped this shot, I remembered the words of Douglas MacArthur, addressing the US Congress in 1951: The world has turned over many times since I took the oath on the plain at West Point, and the hopes and dreams have long since vanished, but I still remember the refrain of one of the most popular barracks ballads of that day which proclaimed most proudly that old soldiers never die; they just fade away. And like the old soldier of that ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty. Good-by.

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  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (16 Nov 2010):

    a wonderful tribute, Don!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (16 Nov 2010):

    A very well composed shot....A great narrative and tribute in memory of your friend.

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz   gave props (16 Nov 2010):

    Nicely composed and your comment is spot on.

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (16 Nov 2010):

    Yes, I remember that ballad so well, Don. It is most befitting that you remind us of Gen. MacArthur's words. I believe you're right...it was quite appropriate that your dear friend "faded away" on Veteran's Day. An excellent capture of his final journey on this earth. The colonel would be proud.

  • Jüri Vissak

    Jüri Vissak gave props (16 Nov 2010):

    I agree with the others. Well done.

  • Mark Gilliland

    Mark Gilliland gave props (16 Nov 2010):

    A wonderful tribute indeed!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (16 Nov 2010):

    What a moving tribute Don

  • Claire Crocker

    Claire Crocker   gave props (16 Nov 2010):

    Great shot, moving tribute...

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (16 Nov 2010):

    Everyone above has said it all about this photo. It is very fitting that your friend "faded away" on Veteran Day.

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (17 Nov 2010):

    Don, this touching and so very appropriate. As long as love remains, old soldiers will always remain in our memories.

  • Kelly Nichols

    Kelly Nichols   gave props (17 Nov 2010):

    Wonderful tribute.

  • Robin Perkins

    Robin Perkins gave props (17 Nov 2010):

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us. Thank you and him for your service to this wonderous nation. It is a beautiful tribute.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (17 Nov 2010):

    Thank you, Don.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (17 Nov 2010):

    Such a deeply moving tribute. Indeed fitting he "faded away" on Veteran's Day.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (21 Nov 2010):

    Wonder...full tribute.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (21 Nov 2010):

    A fitting tribute to an American hero. A touching and vivid reminder that freedom is not free.

  • Bruce Wendler

    Bruce Wendler gave props (21 Nov 2010):

    Amen, great shot.

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (22 Nov 2010):

    Very well done Donald, super tribute and photo.

  • Tom Piorkowski

    Tom Piorkowski gave props (24 Nov 2010):

    well done Don, wonderful tribute.

  • Loree McComb

    Loree McComb   gave props (29 Dec 2010):

    Very touching

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