Thankful November 11th: Veterans Day

Today, the United States of America honors its veterans. Many other countries are celebrating Armistice Day and Remembrance Day today. One of my grandfathers served in World War I (yes, I’m old), several of my uncles served during the Korean Conflict, and many more nephews and nieces have served or are currently serving in the armed forces. As a nation, we can never thank them enough. The gratitude of the nation should never be in doubt.

So, thank you to everyone serving to keep our country and our world a better, safer place.

(The images are from the Punch Bowl Cemetery in Honolulu, Hawaii.)

A Photo a Week Challenge: Thanks, Dad

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We hear a lot about the love mothers have for their children, but not much about fathers. In entertainment, fathers are usually portrayed as bumbling, abusive, or absent.

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But I’ve had the honor of knowing many amazing fathers throughout my life, from my own father to my husband to nephews as they begin their own families.

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In America, we are starting a month of thankfulness leading up to Thanksgiving, so this week’s challenge is dedicated to the wonderful men who work hard and love deeply. Who put their families first.

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My father passed away three years ago, and I miss him everyday. So thanks, Dad. You are one of the main reasons I’m the person I am today. I love you, Papa.

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IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR THREE OR…) HONORING THE MEN IN YOUR LIFE.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography. Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.