Because I now have as many blog visitors from outside the US as from the US, let me take a moment to explain Memorial Day. Observed each year on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day is a federal holiday set aside to remember the men and women who passed away while serving in the military.
The first two images below were taken of a 2,000 flag display set up here Somewhere-in-the-Middle-of-the-USA for Memorial Day. The last image was taken last Fall at the American Cemetery in Normandy, France.
Help me decide which image to submit to my 52 Week Project this week where the theme is Memorial Day.
Memorial Day Photo #1. Set up by Flags4Freedom, this display of nearly 2,000 flags at I-435 & 95th Street is simply breathtaking.
Memorial Day Photo #2. I loved the way the sun shone through as one of the stars at the Flags4Freedom display. I also appreciated that there was a strong wind so that the flags billowed beautifully for these shots.
Memorial Day Photo #3. While Memorial Day is set aside to honor all of war dead, not just those who perished during World War II, I wanted to also include this shot from the American Cemetery in Normandy, France. There were so many civilian and military deaths in World War II. Plus, our time to honor WWII Veterans is running out as the youngest veterans are now in their mid 80s.
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Hmm, both of the flag photos are very powerful, but I think I would suggest the first one because it gives you the visual of great numbers, meaning the many lives lost. Does that make sense?
It does make sense. That’s the same feeling I have when I see the rows and rows and rows of white crosses at the WWII cemeteries in Europe. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, Loony!
Imo, the third conveys the sacrifice better.
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, Randy!
I would choose the third image. We have a holiday, too, today: Pentecost.
Thanks Cornelia! Yes, I read about Pentecost on a Norwegian photoblogger’s site last night. Enjoy your holiday! 🙂
In terms of compositional elements, I prefer the third picture. It’s much simpler and works better the first.. That’s just me though 🙂
Karl, thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! I think #3 is leading the votes so far! 🙂
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I love that second picture!
They are all great photos. I would go for no 1 or no 3. Can’t decide really. .. 🙂