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He served his country Photo Contest Finalist
He served his country
He served his country
© Eric Alper
Canon EOS 5D Mark ...
Trudy L. Smuin
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    Wow Eric - very dramatic! Great Job!

9/10/2009 10:18:21 PM

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Powerful capture, Eric

9/10/2009 10:20:38 PM

Janice Mezzacappa
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Emotional and exceptional capture Eric!

9/10/2009 10:33:21 PM

Tess L. Yee
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Wonderful capture, Eric...

9/11/2009 4:30:57 AM

Amy M. Wilson
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Congratulations on an OUTSTANDING Finalist, Eric!!!

10/23/2009 4:59:35 AM

Nancyj Hovey
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on your deserving FINALIST!!! 8o)

10/23/2009 5:14:23 AM

Eric Alper
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Thank you very much Amy and Nancy

10/23/2009 6:08:57 AM

Tess L. Yee
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Congrats on this wonderful finalist, Eric!

10/23/2009 6:17:12 AM

Mark Dodge
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Way to go Eric! Congratulations! Best of luck in the next round.

10/23/2009 9:43:26 AM

Carla Metzler
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Congratulations on such a well presented image that brings tears to my eyes.
Best wishes.

10/23/2009 2:56:53 PM

Eva Pastor
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Beautiful and touching image!

10/23/2009 6:09:37 PM

Eric Alper
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Thanks very much Mark, Eva, and Carla.
Mark, good luck to you in the Masterpiece group this month. You have some beautiful images there.

Eva and Carla, when I submitted this to the Masterpiece membership group as a storytelling photo, I was a little surprised at just how much this image created an emotional response.

I think that the story behind this image belongs here as well.

As I noted in the Masterpiece forum, this was actually an older relative who served as a pilot during World War 2 who died a couple of years ago. It was very sad but a lovely, memorable, dignified funeral.
It felt a little strange taking photos during the funeral ceremony but tried to do this inconspicuously and tastefully. This was the result.

Not sure what you imagined the story would be for this image. I imagine that many of you conjured a story of a young person who gave their life fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan, someone who died before their time.

Many people in the masterpiece forum had a WWII soldier in mind; some had buried their fathers in a similar way, had received the flag that was covering the casket.
There were comments in that forum that I thought were particularly insightful that I wanted to include here:
Deri Doherty
We should never forget the sacrifices that any soldier has made to their country regardless which war or generation they come from. While the current generation is more on our mind and in the news it should not diminish the fact that others have served in our military before them.

9/12/2009 10:29:45 AM

Sharon C. Hinze

this image is nameless and faceless, and represents every soldier who had died for or served his country, with the risk that entails. The image tells the story of many not one. Sharon
9/12/2009 10:47:00 AM

10/24/2009 11:17:29 AM

Jeff W. Robinson
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Congrats Eric on your Powerful and Well Deserved Finalist! Jeff

10/25/2009 2:38:32 PM

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