Uploaded: February 14, 2008 03:19:08


She knelt in prayer. I saw her hands upon the flag’s sweet folds, shedding tears on stars upon a sea of blue.
She returns home heart-broken and alone. A scene that has repeated itself more than 1000 times at this one
cemetery since it opened on January 3, 2006. Her husband was a long-time close friend and co-worker of
more than 20 years who died as a result of service in Tikrit, Iraq.

Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery
Killeen, Texas
January 4, 2007

Exif: F Number: 3.5, Exposure Bias Value: 0.67, ExposureTime: 10/10000 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 100, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 100.00 mm, Model: NIKON D200


Bonnie C. Lackey level-classic February 14, 2008

What a touching image, Jim. The cost of preserving freedom is a high one and bless these families for being strong enough to pay it. Please tell her she's in my prayers and that I'm so grateful to her and her husband. #854567

Jim Huffield February 14, 2008

Very moving image, Jim. Nice work. #5493071

Colette M. Metcalf February 14, 2008

A very powerful image, Jim! #5493115

Rhonda Burger February 14, 2008

Very nice Jim, I have had friends who have gone through the same. They are all in my prayers. Rhonda #5493214

Shawna Stevenson February 14, 2008

Jim, the image and words tug at my heart. Shawna #5493505

Deb Koskovich February 14, 2008

What a powerful image, Jim -- this is a winner for sure. #5493533

Chua Wee Boo February 14, 2008

A very powerful image indeed,Jim!A winner to me! #5493927

Debra K. Thomas February 14, 2008

Oh yes a powerful image....wonderful work! #5494117

Claudia Kuhn level-classic February 14, 2008

So moving Jim, wonderful image! #5494127

Joao Martinho February 14, 2008

Very powerful composition and subject. A ode to all that we have lost. #5494146

Su Sana E. P level-classic February 14, 2008

Very touching image, Jim. Composition is outstanding here with great sentiments. #5494353

Nancy L. Green level-classic February 14, 2008

WOW!!! This ahto says it all!! Beautiful and very touching Jim!! <>< #5494375

Tammy Espino February 14, 2008

Wonderful composition, very somber.

Sue Marshall February 14, 2008

A very touching and powerful image Jim! #5495116

Mike Clime February 14, 2008

Very moving photo, Jim! #5495644

Michelle Alton February 14, 2008

Sad, but a beautiful image that shows her grief with dignity and respect. Wonderful composition on this mournful photo, Jim.
Michelle #5496413

Janet Daniel February 14, 2008

My heart goes out to both you and her for your loss!
Wonderful image and presentation, Jim! #5496610

Steve J. Schoolcraft February 14, 2008

Moving... Very nice capture of the mood. #5496828

Patrick Rouzes level-classic February 14, 2008

Incredible colors, detail, lighting & clarity in this dramatic & moving capture, Jim!!! Exceptional work on this, my friend!!! #5496992

Marsha S. Smith February 15, 2008

This is spectacular. The portrait of grief is amazing. #5500090

Cassie L. Woodlee February 15, 2008

Powerful and moving image Jim, my prayers are with you and her and all who serve. God Bless #5500770

Susan Heath February 15, 2008

Outstanding beautiful portrait, Jim. Powerful image. #5500829

Howard B. Cheek February 16, 2008

Very well done Jim, The image speaks a thousand words. One cannot help but be touched by this one..
Howard #5501453

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic February 16, 2008

A sad and powerful capture, Jim.
Well done.
~Lisa #5504521

Sandra R. Alvey February 17, 2008

Beautiful thought provoking image Jim. I can't tell you how many times I've thanked God that my husband came home safe. I also pray for those who have lost loved ones. #5507669

Vicki Zoller February 28, 2008

Another great image Jim and congrats to you on EFP . . .
My condolences to you on the loss of your friend and also to this woman who lost the man she loved and I am sure was very proud to have loved.
Warriors are a special breed and have a special place in my heart.
“History admires the wise, but elevates the brave.”
Edmund Morris


Jessica Jenney February 28, 2008

A very moving image and amazing capture, Jim! Beautifully seen! #5567453

Nadya Johnson March 02, 2008

Jim, this is so powerful and evocative! OUTSTANDING work! #5581698

Shawna Stevenson March 02, 2008

Jim--congrats on this and the many other editor's picks!!! #5581774

Nancy (Peaches) Harker March 02, 2008

Fantastic and very moving photo Jim, they are in my prayers!!!
Congrats on your EFP!!! #5583142

Debra K. Thomas March 03, 2008

Jim truly sorry for your friend...and you know that it does not hit home till I see something like this....i look at this image every time I come here. #5588223

Hurk (Steve) Hurkett March 08, 2008

This is a very sensitive moment for this family, Jim .... The horrors of war of War go very deep, you have captured this very well ...

Steve Hurkett (Vietnam Veteran) #5612597

Debra K. Thomas March 08, 2008

Here I am again.....i dont know ..but there is something about this image that gets me!... #5612999

Indrajit Hajra March 16, 2008

Really picture speaks a thousand words. Awesome Jim, an image with so much value. Amazing image here, I love it!


Debra K. Thomas March 26, 2008

Just me... :) #5703566

Mary L. Lemley March 28, 2008

We discussed this one, but I'm commenting again anyway, YOU out there, havent seen any responses?????? You alright n stuff???? #5712629

Kathy L. Clark May 29, 2008

The sadness of this image is great. You have captured the heart of the matter Jim. Wonderful story image. #5992529

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