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© Richard Knight
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My mother and father were married 67 years ago on June 8, 1945, two days after Dad’s graduation from the United States Naval Academy. It was a marriage that would last 59 years.

They met in 1940 when he was a student at the U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and she was a student at Averett College in Danville, Virginia. They would be devoted to one another for the next 64 years.

Today, my sisters and I look back at those years in gratitude to the parents who loved us, nurtured us, and set a fine example for us.

I am responsible for all but the b/w photos seen in the collage.

Top row, left to right:

(1) and (2) Mom and Dad at Annapolis on July 9, 1944. They loved sailing.

(3) Dulles Airport, near Washington, D.C., in the summer of 1966: Dad was leaving for Viet Nam and would not return for 13 months. There is a reason why “military wives” often wear sunglasses.

(4) New Year’s Eve, 1972.

Bottom row, left to right:

(5) Thousand-Island Cruise, St. Lawrence River, Kingston, Ontario, 1962.

(6) Wedding, United States Naval Academy Chapel, Annapolis, Maryland, June 8, 1945.

(7) At the American Embassy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the reception for then-Vice President Richard M. Nixon, 1955. I remember my mother telling me, “One day he will be president.”

(8) The last photo of my father, days before his death, 2004. My mother, now 88, is hale and hearty and a blessing to her family.

I am linking Jud Strunk’s “Daisy a Day” to this collage. Jud graduated from VMI (“Virginia Military Institute”) in 1958, and over the next 20 years Jud earned a solid reputation within the folk, pop, and country music genres. I remember Jud playing at VMI during my cadet days (1966-70). When Jud died from a plane crash in 1981 at only 45, the VMI “family” mourned. Please click on the link below for Jud’s iconic tribute.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

56 responses

  • brenda burk

    brenda burk gave props (7 Jun 2012):

    Sir Richard-you have outdone yourself this time.Fantastic-No McDs

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (7 Jun 2012):

    Richard, awesome Tribute, on 06/06/12, is exactly 6 months since my mom died. A prayer for your parents.

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (7 Jun 2012):

    great tribute my dear cousin!

  • Robert Sand

    Robert Sand said (7 Jun 2012):

    Nicely put.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (7 Jun 2012):

    My mom and dad have both passed away. I don't have many photos of them together. This is just wonderful Richard!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (7 Jun 2012):

    aww, the music and the couples on the slides are beautiful and sweet! I wish I married someone like your father :-). Your mom is one lucky lady. Happy Anniversary to them.

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (7 Jun 2012):

    heartfelt wonderful tribute as only you can do - you are a treasure!

  • Edith O'Dell

    Edith O'Dell gave props (7 Jun 2012):

    A wonderful tribute to your parents

  • MªTeresa Barreda Royo

    MªTeresa Barreda Royo gave props (7 Jun 2012):

    Preciosa composición familiar !!!

  • Charles Rushton

    Charles Rushton said (7 Jun 2012):

    These photographs and a few more would make a great on demand family photobook.

  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers   gave props (7 Jun 2012):

    Beautiful! Well done! Great Tribute!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (7 Jun 2012):

    What a beautiful tribute!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   gave props (7 Jun 2012):

    outstanding memory collage......

  • Lêda Nardelli

    Lêda Nardelli gave props (7 Jun 2012):


  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (7 Jun 2012):

    Such wonderful photos and remembrance...Richard, the love shines through your collage

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (7 Jun 2012):

    So personal, so poignant, SO special! Well done!!! Congratulations on yours and their memories.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (7 Jun 2012):

    This just might be my favorite of all of your compilation photos. What an incredible collection of memories highlighting all of the years your parents were together. I hope you plan on showing this outstanding post to your mom the next time you are together; I'm sure she would appreciate that you compiled these photos and have written such a beautiful narrative. Well done, my friend!!

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (7 Jun 2012):

    Love, family, devotion, patriotism…you have illustrated all in this wonderful tribute to your parents! Thank you again to share this with us!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (7 Jun 2012):

    A lifetime of beautiful memories captured in this one collage, Richard. I love this!

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (7 Jun 2012):

    What a beautiful trubute cousin!!! I love all the photos!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (7 Jun 2012):

    This is a wonderful collage of your beloved parents who made the perfect couple....and a wonderful narrative to go with the collage.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (8 Jun 2012):

    Tychtastic! tych in time...

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (8 Jun 2012):

    This is a brilliant collage, what a beautiful couple from youth on into the golden years, such great memories, extremely well done , one of my faves of all of your collages Richard !

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato said (8 Jun 2012):

    A wonderful tribute to my dear Dick, there is very carriage in those photographs that tell a rich life in perfect harmony. It feels much your passion for your parents, not the first time we do your share in this great love song. Your daughters are exceptional, and parents will be equally popular.

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (8 Jun 2012):

    This is one of my favorite collages you have shared with us, Richard. I love the tenderness and just great times which are shown between your parents. With so many divorces and breakups in our society, in which young couples have apparently chosen to "take the easy way out" it is so refreshing and uplifting to see how our parents worked out any difficulties they had.....and they did have plenty! The younger generations are losing something very important.....the promises made when they took their wedding vows. This collage is so uplifting, so nostalgic, and it is my hope that somehow our young couples will begin to realize the importance of working hard to maintain their marriage. Fantastic job my friend!!!!! And I salute both your parents!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (8 Jun 2012):

    An outstanding collage and tribute Dick your parents must be so proud of you.

  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (8 Jun 2012):

    All I can say is 'BEAUTIFUL'.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (9 Jun 2012):

    What a beautiful tribute to your parents! Each and every shot is a treasure!

  • Jen Mars

    Jen Mars gave props (9 Jun 2012):

    that's so awesome!

  • Brad Paro

    Brad Paro gave props (10 Jun 2012):

    Excellent collage and interesting read!!

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly (Deleted) gave props (10 Jun 2012):

    Such a warm, loving tribute to two folks that have earned and deserve it. It is good to know your Mom is still 'hale and hearty'. I do hope you have printed and framed this collage and included the narrative and presented it to your Mother.

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (11 Jun 2012):

    Looks like they were very happy together, how lucky and blessed they were. A lovely tribute straight from the heart....

  • Rosemarie Ouellette

    Rosemarie Ouellette said (12 Jun 2012):

    Precious, precious journal. Where would we be without cameras to help us remember/relive? Wonderful tribute.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (12 Jun 2012):

    I remember that gorgeous wedding portrait, simply stunning! .. a wonderful collage of memories and delightful photos from their life together, Richard. A real favorite!!

  • Zapata Juan P

    Zapata Juan P   gave props (12 Jun 2012):

    Great tribute

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (13 Jun 2012):

    Wonderful collage and story. Congrats!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (13 Jun 2012):

    Incredible, my friend. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (16 Jun 2012):

    another fine piece of work Mr. Knight!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (21 Jun 2012):

    A Lifetime of Togetherness depicted so well by you BB. Blessings to your Mama. An outstanding tribute to an enduring love.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (22 Jun 2012):

    Wonderful collage and story. thanks for sharing......

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (28 Jun 2012):

    Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful!

  • Iztok Urh

    Iztok Urh gave props (30 Jun 2012):


  • Hilda Cox

    Hilda Cox gave props (29 Jul 2012):

    this is soooooo wonderful !!! isn't great to have memories in pictures. takes away some of the pain of losing family !!! great job

  • Tom Piorkowski

    Tom Piorkowski (Deleted) gave props (30 Jul 2012):

    Excellent collage, well done Dick !

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (31 Jul 2012):

    What a beautiful tribute to your loving parents! It was assembled with love, reverence, and appreciation; making it an absolute work of art. You are so blessed, Dick, to have been born into such a loving and supportive family.

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (31 Jul 2012):

    Thank God for sons who don't forget........this is marvelous!!!

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (31 Jul 2012):

    Brilliantly assembled nostalgia.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (3 Aug 2012):

    This is such a wonderful collage of your parents. You were blessed to have them : )

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz gave props (7 Aug 2012):

    Oh, I am enthralled -- wonderful!!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (9 Aug 2012):

    really A wonderful tribute to your parents

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (22 Oct 2012):

    This is one beautiful tribute to your Mum & Dad, Dick :)

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (22 Oct 2012):


  • Armi Gertrude

    Armi Gertrude said (23 Oct 2012):

    Great collage. I love looking at photos that's full of nostalgia.

  • Daniel Forero

    Daniel Forero said (2 Apr 2013):

    Very moving story. My father was also a navy and merchant marine officer. He was merried to my mother until they passed away in 1991 and 1992 respectively. They continue married up in heaven. You have inspired me with this collage.

  • Michael Billert

    Michael Billert said (16 Nov 2013):

    All of the above and more...mjb

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