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Motif Monday: Memorial Day, Gordon Parks, Poppies

 

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Donald Sultan Five Reds, Five Whites, Five Blues, 2008 color silkscreen with enamel, flocking and tar like texture

Respectfully thinking about art that helps us celebrate, remember, remind and reflect every family who has suffered a loss in service.

 

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Gordon Parks, Library of Congress, 1943 photograph, Gloucester policemen, Memorial Day Ceremonies

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John McCrae, 18721918

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place, and in the sky,

The larks, still bravely singing, fly,

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

 

We are the dead; short days ago

We lived, felt  dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

in Flanders fields.

 

Take up our quarrel with the foe!

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high!

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields. 

Veteran of the Boer War and WWI, a teacher, and doctor, Canadian John McCrae wrote In Flanders Fields in the spring of 1915 while still at the bloody battlefront in Ypres, Belgium, in an area known as Flanders. The Germans had already used deadly gas. Dr. McCrae had been tending to hundreds of wounded daily. He described the nightmare slaughter: “behind it all was the constant background of the sights of the dead, the wounded, the maimed.” By this time he had already devoted his life to art and healing. He couldn’t save his friends. How could anyone?  Twenty years prior, he sketched poppies during his medical residency in Maryland. He published poems and stories by the time he was 16.  I’m not surprised he noticed the brilliant fragile petals and horror. He wrote for those who couldn’t speak and those who had to see. Meningitis and pneumonia killed him January 1918 after several months battling asthma and bronchitis. His poem and the emblematic poppy continue to inspire and comfort.

A few poppy images follow. I was thinking about their poetic illumination before and after WW1 and layers of meaning and beauty.

John McCrae sketch book 1896, Maryland

John McCrea sketchbook, ca.1896, Maryland

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A VIDEO MEMORIAL: TO ALL THOSE WHO SERVE AND HAVE SERVED

This is a video I did about 11 years ago while working for the Virginian-Pilot and HamptonRoads.tv in Norfolk, Va.

An amazing friend and musician Todd “Tones” Jones produced and played on the track. He’s an amazing guitarist as you will hear. When I first heard this track, I immediately knew I had to create a Memorial Day tribute video. I filmed all the locations throughout the entire Hampton Roads area. (this was pre-HD, sorry) Please enjoy and share!

ARMY, NAVY, AIRFORCE, MARINES, COAST GUARD, NATIONAL GUARD…..THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

Gordon Parks Gloucester photos Memorial Day 1943

Cat Ryan submits-

FSA/OWI photograph in the Library of Congress

Gordon Parks Gloucester photos Memorial Day 1943-

Gordon Parks, Gloucester Massachusetts. Memorial services for fishermen lost at sea.

Citizens gathered on the banks near the sea, May 1943.

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More Gordon Parks 1943 Memorial Day pictures click here

Rockport Memorial Day Parade Pictures From Tina Ketchopolos

Hi Joey:
Here are photos from the Memorial Day Parade in Rockport.

The Rockport United Methodist Church provided water to the many

marching honoring our veterans. 

Kind regards, Tina

Memorial Day 2010

This is what the Holiday’s all about.

Here are Photos of todays Memorial service at the

WWII Memorial on Stacy Boulevard.

05/31/2010

The reading of the names of all the Veterans who Passed away this Year

The Keynote speech

The Bagpiper did a Beautiful Rendition of Amazing Grace

My Father Paul Sr. and His Friend Grace in front of the WWII Memorial

My Father Paul F. Frontiero Sr. never misses this Ceremony. He is 85 years old and Legally Blind, but you can still seem him walking around Main st. and at the Senior Center everyday. Paul was a Coxswain of an LCVP invasion boat  in the WWII Pacific Theater. He Drove the LCVP in many Invasions such as; Saipan, Tinian, leyte and more I can’t remember at the moment.  He has some great stories of his time in the Pacific. Say hi if you ever seem him Downtown.

My Fathers Painting he did of himself and his Landing craft. LCVP

Remember

We who are left how shall we look again
Happily on the sun or feel the rain
Without remembering how they who went
Ungrudgingly and spent
Their lives for us loved, too, the sun and rain?
                                   – Wilfred Wilson Gibson

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