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In Honor of Those Who Served

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In Honor of Those Who Served
In Honor of Those Who Served
These are flags posted at Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis, TN, for the Memorial Day weekend. They have the lawn beautifully decorated in honor of those who have served and are now serving our great country to defend our freedoms.

I want to take the opportunity to thank those of you who have made great sacrifices for us!


Shutter: 1/125
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 200
Picture Style: Landscape
Lens: EF 70-300mm IS
Focal Length: 300mm

Held camera close to the ground to get this effect. Cropped, sharpened and saturated slightly using PS CS3.

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Monnie Ryan
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    Beautiful, Karen, and a wonderful tribute!


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5/25/2009 5:27:51 AM

 
Cyndy Doty
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Karen, a lovely capture and a wonderful sentiment.


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5/25/2009 6:05:53 AM

 
Shelly A. Van Camp
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Beautiful.....Well done.


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5/25/2009 6:07:26 AM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Karen this is a stunning shot of these flags taken with amazing shallow DOF/selective focus, vivid color and terrific composition!! This, of course, is a most apt theme for today's holiday!


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5/25/2009 6:43:02 AM

 
Julianna J. Collett
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Stunning image - love the dof!


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5/25/2009 8:48:47 AM

 
Kim  Kleinschmidt
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Fabulous capture and DOF, Karen!
wonderful tribute!


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5/25/2009 3:43:47 PM

 
Karen Kessler
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Thank you Monnie, Cyndy, Shelly, Melissa, Julianna and Kim for your compliments and input! I really appreciate you all!


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5/25/2009 4:40:10 PM

 
Joan E. De Freece
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Very nice shot Karen!


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5/25/2009 5:16:01 PM

 
Maria A. Gonzalez
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Great dof and composition.Very nice tribute to honor those in the Armed Forces who have served this incredible country.Very well captured,Karen.


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5/25/2009 5:26:11 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Beautiful. These are the days that I miss living in that USA and the ones that I am very proud to be an American.

Thanks you for this beautiful tribute Sister Karen!

-Laura

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5/25/2009 6:34:38 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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A super Memorial Day capture, very inspirational!


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5/25/2009 7:24:40 PM

 
Ron McEwan
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Excellent shot for this special day Karen. Being a vertian I appreciate it.


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5/26/2009 1:53:44 PM

 
Karen Kessler
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Thank you Joan, Maria, Laura, Donna & Ron! Your comments (and HTML, Sis!) are much appreciated!


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5/26/2009 6:46:21 PM

 
Patricia Seidler
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WTG Karen. Congratulations! Good luck in the next round!!!!!


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6/19/2009 5:45:34 PM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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Karen, CONGRATULATIONS on this amazing finalist!!!


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6/19/2009 6:36:36 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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OH SISTER KAREN!!! WAIT TILL YOU TURN YOUR COMPUTER ON!!! HA!

THIS BEAUTIFUL BABY MADE IT TO FINALIST!

Huge Congrats! Your Love Of Flags and For Your Country Has Surely PAID OFF!

I'm Soooooooooooo HAPPY FOR YOU! :)

Sister Laura :)


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6/19/2009 6:37:39 PM

 
M.Christine Duncan
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Karen!!!! bravo and congrats on this profound finalist image m'dear!!! This is simply beautiful!!!


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Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Excellent work Karen! Congratulations on your finalist!


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6/19/2009 6:51:39 PM

 
Mary Beth Aiello
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Karen -- The composition and DOF are amazing. Huge congrats on this outstanding and well deserved finalist. I just love it.


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6/19/2009 6:57:14 PM

 
Theresa Marie Jones
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Salutations! I salute you on your excellent image!


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6/19/2009 6:58:39 PM

 
Sherry McClead
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Congrats Karen!!! WTGoooooooo. Truely a wonderful image lovely lady.

Sherrybear


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6/19/2009 7:01:37 PM

 
Sam Britt
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Congratulations Karen!


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Christine R. Lobsinger
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WOW... Karen, amazing Finalist SHOT!!!
Good Luck in the next round!!!
CHRISTINE
SMILING WITH YOU


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Pat and Graham Robards
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Congratulations little Sister! ~Pat


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6/19/2009 7:15:48 PM

 
Ann Coates
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Sister Laura sent me here and I'm glad she did. This is fantastic and I can see why you got a finalist. Congratulations Karen and truly well deserved.


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6/19/2009 7:22:51 PM

 
Chris Ebben
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Congratulations!!! Very good work=^..^=


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6/19/2009 8:26:42 PM

 
Avril Young
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Huge congratulations Karen!! well deserved!


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6/19/2009 9:13:26 PM

 
Eugenio Diaz  

Huge Congratulations on this STUNNING finalist! AMAZING work and well done.


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6/19/2009 9:54:04 PM

 
Nancyj Hovey
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AWESOME.....

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
on your well deserving FINALIST! 8o)


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6/20/2009 6:49:50 AM

 
Michelle Alton
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A truly awe-inspring finalist!


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Kirsten Kiki Kjaer
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A very well deserved finalist, Karen. Big congratulations!!!


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6/20/2009 10:35:54 AM

 
Nadya Johnson
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Wonderful capture, Karen! Congratulations on your outstanding finalist!


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6/20/2009 3:27:52 PM

 
Tracy Dowgill
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A wonderful capture Karen. The americans do patriotism far better than we brits do which is pretty sad really considering the sacrifices they make.
Many congratulations on your bp finalist.


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Sherran Andersen
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Congrats Karen. Sherran


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6/20/2009 9:55:07 PM

 
Karen Kessler
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Wow! Thank you all for your congratulations! I really appreciate it! I just got back on my computer this morning after being away for two days and came back to all these emails! :)


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6/21/2009 8:50:43 AM

 
Jim Huffield
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Very nice tribute and wonderful finalist, Karen. Jim


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6/22/2009 10:04:12 AM

 
Karen Kessler
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Thank you, Jim!


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Marisol Pastor
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Congratulations Karen on your finalist. Great pov and color!


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6/23/2009 10:59:23 AM

 
Karen Kessler
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Thanks, Marisol!


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6/28/2009 5:32:45 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY SISTER KAREN!


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Christine R. Lobsinger
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WOW SIS LAURA>... you sure know how to put on a FIREWORKS DISPLAY!!!!
SMILING CHRIS


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7/4/2009 12:57:23 PM

 
Karen Kessler
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Uwww, COOL Sis! I love your animated insert above! Thank you for adding it here!


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Vincent J. DeSanto
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WOW Karen, what a beautiful shot you took here. Man, you composed this one perfectly and I lovew how you played with the DOF. Nice work.


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7/30/2009 10:11:27 AM

 
Karen Kessler
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Thank you for your kind comments, Vincent!


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7/30/2009 6:26:10 PM

 
Gail Vitikacs
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Indeed a beautiful finalist....well done!


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12/17/2009 6:03:27 PM

 
Karen Kessler
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Thank you, Gail!


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12/17/2009 6:09:29 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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CONGRATZ on your wonderful POTD Award!

UB.


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5/31/2010 1:05:58 AM

 
William C. Raco
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Excellent photo to dedicate for the day
Congratulations on the POTD recognition, Karen


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Kathy Wesserling
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Amen!


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Kim Andelkovic (Kovic)
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Congrats Karen on a super POTD....... :-)


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Christine R. Lobsinger
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Hi Karen, COngrats to you on your Lovely POTD!!!!!
SMILING BIG,
CHRIS


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5/31/2010 4:12:14 AM

 
Joy Rector
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congrats on the POTD


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5/31/2010 4:31:29 AM

 
Sheila Pittman
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A Great Memorial Day capture, Congrats on the POTD win.


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Nikki McDonald
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Congratulations on the finalist (quite belated) and the POTD, Karen. Glad to see it this morning.


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5/31/2010 5:03:42 AM

 
Robert Jensen
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Beautifully captured - glad this one was selected for today. My dad passed away a few years ago and he was in the Army and stationed in Hawaii when it was bombed on Dec 7, 1941. After the war, he was stationed in Tokyo as an MP, where he met my mom. He would have loved this image. Thanks for posting it.


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Dianna Murphy
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Thanks for this my son and Dad are Marines!


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Sharon F. Morris
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Beautiful image. Congrats in your Finalist and POTD Karen.


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Richard M. Waas
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Congrats Karen on a great Finalist and a well deserved POTD!!!


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Nancyj Hovey
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WOW, fantastic

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
on your POTD! 8o)


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Katarina Mansson
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Congratulations on your powerful POTD!


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Sheri Camarda
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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S Karen!

Simple but powerful!

Perfect for the day. Remembering all who served and those serving. Dad 20 years in the Air Force- went Home last year, and brother served in Vietnam, One Uncle in the Army, one Uncle in the Navy. Praise God!


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5/31/2010 7:15:59 AM

 
Pamela L. Moore
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thank you so much for this picture. I it a great reminder to all of us to thank all the men and women who have served for our freedom.


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Cathy Barrows
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Congrats on a fab Memorial Day POTD


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JO ANN CLEVELAND
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Beautiful! Congrats on POTD!

jo ann c.


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Patricia A. Coblentz
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Congratulations on your wonderful memorial POTD, Karen!

Patti


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5/31/2010 8:38:24 AM

 
Songbird Cline
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I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free
And I won't forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me
I gladly stand up . . next to you and defend her still today
Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land
God bless the USA
Well there's pride in every American heart
And its time we stand and say..
That we are proud to be Americans
Where at least we know we're free
And we won't forget the men who died
Who gave that right to you and me.


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Dr Silly
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Congratulations Karen for your POTD that fits today. :O)


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Bill Treadway
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Well Done and Well Said!


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ROLAN NARMAN
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Huge congrats on your POTD Karen!


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Jeff W. Robinson
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Congrats Karen on your Fantastic POTD!! Jeff


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5/31/2010 11:25:39 AM

 
Songbird Cline
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To all you veterans I Thank you for serving our country! I appreciate your service. I descend from 11 Revolutionary War veterans. My GGG grandfather was in the War of 1812, and I have 3 ancestors who served in the Civil War. My grandpa Frazier was in WWI, and both my parents were in the Navy during WWII, both stationed at Pearl Harbor. My father is a Pearl Harbor survivor. My husband was a field medic for a year in VietNam. We have 2 sons career Air Force one of which is currently deployed. My father in law was a Captain in the Army and ran an Italian POW camp during WWII.
My 5th grade teacher was a Marine who served in the Korean War and we sang the Marine's Hymn everyday after the Pledge of Allegiance. Serving one's country, and appreciating it was ingrained in me from birth.Let us all remember that freedon is not free!


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5/31/2010 11:54:49 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Outstanding POTD Karen, congratulations!


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Laura E. Swan
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SISTER KALENA!!!!!! POTD!!!!!!!!

HA!!!!!!!!!!! YOU GO GIRL!

I love this one and always have!

Thanks for being our wonderful patriotic BP Sister!

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Love, Lala

!!! HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY AMERICANS !!!


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5/31/2010 12:18:05 PM

 
Karen Kessler
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Thank you all so much for your kind comments. I read all of them & it made my day!

I'm happy that you liked the photo - it was my favorite from that photo shoot! I am so thankful for the men and women who protect our freedoms.


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Pat and Graham Robards
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Wonderful to see this one again Karen!~Pat


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6/1/2010 3:21:37 AM

 
Wm Nosal
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Beautiful Shot!
Congrats


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6/1/2010 6:14:06 AM

 
Shirley A. Kinney
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Beautiful shot, Karen and a beautiful tribute to all those serving our country in any and every branch of service. My son has served in the Navy for 21 years and is at present on a sub at sea for 6 months, the Louisville. Congrats on your POTD...well deserved.


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Stephanie A. Laird
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Perfect in every way!


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6/1/2010 4:23:57 PM

 
Robert D. Proctor
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Outstanding perspective, photo tell's the story.


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6/2/2010 4:34:34 AM

 
Christine R. Lobsinger
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Hi My Friend... I am happy to visit your gallery today... Good to see this one as a Finalist...WTG!!! It sure is a great story telling SHOT!!!
I'm happy for you!!!
CHRIS
SMILING WITH YOU, AGAIN


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6/4/2010 5:46:45 AM

 
Amanda J. Tanner
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A Huge Congratulations on this Beautiful Tribute. This tells so many stories of Being an American and being proud of all our men serving our country. Wonderful work Karen!


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6/6/2010 5:33:17 AM

 
Richard D. Love
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Congratulations. What a wonderful way to pay homage to those who allow us to be free Americans. Well done.

Rick


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6/8/2010 2:08:35 PM

 
Karen Kessler
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Thank you for your comments. I have enjoyed reading through them all & seeing how we all feel the same way about our service men & women & what they do for us!


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6/8/2010 5:35:04 PM

 
Carmody Baker
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This is truly beautiful! It speaks right to the heart.


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