IN MEMORY OF NORWAY'S CHILDREN -- FOR LISE UTNE

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[NORWEGIAN CONSTITUTION DAY, Oslo, Norway, May 17, 1962]

I was in Northern Maine last month when word reached me of the tragedy that had befallen Norway. I regret that I could not respond until now.

Dad was a career naval officer and his long absences from home were very hard on the family. In 1962, Mom decided that we would fly to Europe to meet Dad. He was on board the U.S.S. Wasp (an aircraft carrier), and during its six-month cruise, the Wasp put in at 15 ports of call, including Oslo, Norway.

We were in Oslo on May 17, 1962 for what turned out to be quite a festive occasion. Parading schoolchildren and their bands were everywhere to be seen and heard. I had the 35mm camera that Dad had given me in 1955, and I began snapping away.

Norwegian Constitution Day is the major national holiday in Norway. It celebrates adoption of the Norwegian Constitution on May 17, 1814. The entire nation participates, and in Oslo, itself, more than 100 schools participate. Their parade route takes them by the royal palace. The national pride and joy is so evident.

I look at these photos now, and I realize that the children shown here were about the age of the children who lost their lives last month. I wonder if any of these bright, attractive, patriotic children -- now in their 60s -- lost a grandchild in the rampage.

I grieve for Norway and its children.

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  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (9 Aug 2011):

    so glad to see this images and read your narratives. A beautiful tribute.

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi   gave props (9 Aug 2011):

    This was indeed a sad event. Is no one safe anywhere any more? Beautiful pictures.

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes   gave props (9 Aug 2011):

    wonderful heartfelt tribute...so sad, beautiful collage

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (9 Aug 2011):

    Fabulous memories and awesome tribute!! Well done!

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (9 Aug 2011):

    Go Navy! I've learned more from you, than I did from most of my past history teachers. The shame here is that those children (and many more all over the world) won't get the chance to say that. Thanks Richard

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio   gave props (9 Aug 2011):

    great!!!

  • Lynn Pepper

    Lynn Pepper gave props (9 Aug 2011):

    What a Wonderful Tribute!

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (9 Aug 2011):

    Awesome images! And I agree with James.... wish you'd been my history teacher too! Always learn something from your awesome narratives!!

  • Zapata Juan P

    Zapata Juan P   gave props (9 Aug 2011):

    As usual great images, couple with good story. Thanks for sharing

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (9 Aug 2011):

    for sure, heart goes out to Norway...such a lovely country and people.

  • dp *

    dp * said (9 Aug 2011):

    thumbs up for Bobby Fuller, too good...

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (9 Aug 2011):

    My grandparents on my father's side immigrated from Norway in the early 1900's.. My heart goes out to the families who lost loved ones last month in the tragedy!..Beautiful collage of the pictures you shot in 1962.

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia said (9 Aug 2011):

    What a great collage.. I think that is such a great story. I am so sad for the families that lost loved ones..... Great tribute .... friend.

  • JanElle

    JanElle   said (9 Aug 2011):

    A truly beautiful and moving tribute to the people of Norway in their time of immense sorrow and loss.. Land of my heritage, on my father's side, this incredibly tragic event has been traumatic for this nation of peace loving people.. These images are beautiful!

  • Lise Utne

    Lise Utne   gave props (9 Aug 2011):

    Thank you, Dick!

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (10 Aug 2011):

    Fragments of history important and necessary, all that remains is to watch these three photos with emotion that Richard, in his great sensitivity, he wanted us to participate. To him our most sincere thanks

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (10 Aug 2011):

    wonderful, Dick - we all grieve for Norge!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (10 Aug 2011):

    Thank you, my friends, for the lovely comments, and thank you, James, for the spotlight.

  • Rajeev Jadhav

    Rajeev Jadhav gave props (10 Aug 2011):

    GREAT !!!!! fit for photojournalism

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (10 Aug 2011):

    This is a wonderful tribute to such a sad sad day. You have had so many great experiences. It is sad these children won't get the chance.

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes   said (10 Aug 2011):

    Hmmm, look what is happening in UK, children without purpose, and nowhere to work...a complete different story to Norwegian, still sad!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (10 Aug 2011):

    excellent, Richard! will we ever learn?

  • stuart s

    stuart s gave props (10 Aug 2011):

    The depravity of human activity knows no boundaries. I spent the day this occurred shaking my head in disbelief that anyone could conceive of such a horrific act and then actually carry it out. Your collage is a reminder that life is fragile, innocent and fleeting. We should all treasure and embrace it at every opportunity.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (10 Aug 2011):

    A deeply moving tribute, my friend.

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (10 Aug 2011):

    We grieve too for our little lost Maori/Norwegian who lost her life by the hand of the murderer! I agree with James. I too have relished this opportunity to learn such historic facts from you Richard. you have an amazing knowledge! You have seen and absorbed much in your life. thank you for sharing.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (11 Aug 2011):

    Wonderful tribute.

  • Edith O'Dell

    Edith O'Dell gave props (11 Aug 2011):

    Wonderful tribute

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (11 Aug 2011):

    Oh, this is a stunning tribute , very moving for me as well, such a senseless tragedy, your collage is superb !

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (11 Aug 2011):

    This is a fabulous tribute to the people of Norway and their tragic events at the hands of terrorists.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (12 Aug 2011):

    A beautiful and fitting dedication to those precious lives lost in that terrible massacre. We must continue to send prayers for those they left behind. Scars from that incident won't heal.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker said (12 Aug 2011):

    Thanks for sharing the video! It shows the natural beauty of Norway, and the people's tie to the ocean.

  • Iztok Urh

    Iztok Urh gave props (13 Aug 2011):

    Great!!

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (16 Aug 2011):

    Good citizens and JPG faithful, know that evil is all around and uncontrolable...let us make a difference around us, Having a son of 19 now, I can not even begin to imagine nor comprehend the tradgedy of this scope.I looked upon my son in his younger years and was often overcome by his beauty and pricelessness...nothing has changed in this attitude and feeling.. I was brought to tears uponhearing of this unspeakable act..My the powers that be in the sky make the right decision on his eventual fate aside from what their courts undertake..He will answer in due time...One of the more moving images posted anywhere..

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (16 Aug 2011):

    Dear Friends, I appreciate all of your thoughtful comments very much.

  • Melissa Valencia

    Melissa Valencia gave props (18 Aug 2011):

    Incredible thoughts and images. The people of Norway deserve our prayers. Again, well done, my friend. Thank you for sharing.

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (20 Aug 2011):

    God bless the kind and decent people of Norway, and hold them in His arms as they grieve the loss of their children. A wonderful, beautiful, and very touching collage, Richard. I really love this tribute!!!

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (21 Aug 2011):

    No words for this one, my friend.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (23 Aug 2011):

    glorious shot!!! I am really a fan of your shots!!! What a great picture with amazing colour!!!

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (30 Aug 2011):

    Richard, thank you for your kindness and support over the past few years. This is one of my favorites of yours.:)

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (30 Aug 2011):

    Thank you, Kathleen, for your kindness and support, and thank you for spotlighting this photo!

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