Gone and Vanishing

Again today, not many words.  This is a photo I took in Washington, DC in summer of 2008.  It was the Korean War Veterans Memorial and it was obviously night time.  I liked the way it turned out because it reminded me of the many who vanished into the dark of death and never came home, as well as the aging veterans who are vanishing slowly but surely from the American landscape in to the dark of the long night.  Let us treasure the memories of those who died and treasure the lives of those veterans we still have with us.

Disappearing from sight…

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1863, the 53rd Massachusetts Infantry, the most famous African-American regiment of the Civil War, left Boston under the command of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and headed into battle in the south against the Confederacy.  In less than 2 months, the regiment would spearhead an attack on Ft. Wagner in South Carolina, where the regiment would suffer heavy casualties and Colonel Shaw would be killed leading his troops into battle.  The story was immortalized in the movie Glory, starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: the Japanese word for chef, itamae, literally means “in front of the cutting board.”


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