“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself” —Joseph Campbell “The patriot’s blood is the seed of freedom’s tree” — Thomas Campbell * The greatest sacrifices of the men and women in uniform are those who made the ultimate sacrifice – the loss of life in the service of our country – and the impact of that loss on their families who now live with this for the rest of their lives. It is because of this sacrifice that we remember, respect and honor those who gave their lives in the defense of our nation through the family members who wear a Gold Star or Next of Kin Lapel Button.
Today, out of a nation of 320 million people, 1.3 million Americans are in active duty military, and another 1 million serve in the reserves, according to the Department of Defense.
That small figure influences the way the general public thinks about the cost of conflict.
“In our society, we’ve seen this real shift." Now, less than 1 percent of our population has served. The experience of going to war and coming home — we don’t have as much awareness.
We have a disconnect in our society about what’s going on, who has served and what they experienced.”
In many ways, Americans today feel removed from the Global War on Terror and military conflict."
“So few have served, and that it’s very easy for people to say now that ‘I didn’t want these wars,’ but that doesn’t mean that we aren’t all part of this." Think of all the little freedoms you enjoy every day… now go HUG a soldier (or a hand shake works too :), and give them a heartfelt THANK YOU; it’s because of them you continue to enjoy the simple things in life. 🐺
To be honest this is a slightly older photograph, but for some reason I felt the need to reintroduce it properly. Constantly working on my page to make it a little more appealing lol.
"Black and white treads that fine line between reality and fantasy"- Carla Coulson 📷
✴THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BLACK AND WHITE IMAGES
Not all photos look great in black and white and one of the arts of photography is ‘seeing’ how the image will look before you take it.
When converting colour it is important to have different tones in the photo so your subject will jump out of the background or surrounds ie.. there needs to be contrast in the image. Often if the subject has the same tone it can look a little flat in black and white. 📷
✴WHY USE BLACK AND WHITE?
In film photography you need to decide prior to taking a photo whether to use black and white film or colour but we now have the luxury with digital photography to choose to convert a colour image into black and white.
✴ Black and white is used often when an image is graphic (like in the fashion pic above), when the photo has been taken in a ‘reportage’ or ‘lifestyle’ way and you want to make this image stronger. Also when you want to cut to the core of a portrait and let the person stand out not the colours like in the picture in this post.🐺🐾
Well it definitely wasn't easy but I managed to get a picture of him. His name is Sgt. Aubrey D. Bell. He was only 33 at the time of his death. On the morning of 10.27.03 he was sitting at the front desk near the main entrance of the Al Bayra police station in Baghdad. A suicide bomber disguised as an Iraqi policeman driving a fake police vehicle was allowed entry onto the compound. The driver began to accelerate towards the main entrance of the police station. By the time the guards at the gate realized it was a set up and began chasing, it was much too late. Once the bomber got within range of the front door with the vehicle he detonated himself launching the vehicle directly into the air and virtually ripping the face off the building. The engine from the vehicle was sent through the station entrance directly where Sgt. Bell was sitting. Some of the other soldiers upstairs were knocked down and unconscious by the explosion. Others were hit by flying glass, debris, vehicle parts, sharpnel, etc. Another soldier (Sgt. Ross) lost his right ear. Combat medics tried to save Sgt. Bell but his injuries were far beyond comprehension from being so close to the explosion. It wasn't good at all. There was nothing they could do. If this wasn't enough we were spread out across the city and attacked by small arms fire at those locations as well. A lot of injuries but this was the only casualty that day. I'm trying to find a pic of what was left of the building and Saddam's palace but have yet to do so. The events of that day completely changed our mission. He was a good man, friend, father and soldier that put his life on the line for his country. He was loved and respected by us all in the company...even more so now. Unfortunately he is just one of many. Rest easy Sgt. You will be missed. 🌹
"A good king must be wise, but he should also be kind, assertive, courageous and skilled in battle and diplomacy. Wisdom is highlighted because wisdom helps the king to discern what to do when, whether to show his kind side or his forceful side on a particular situation etc." 👑👑👑 👑
Throughout history, kings and leaders have been required to stay calm and focused in the face of chaos or disaster. Ancient cultures gave their kings both political and spiritual centrality, especially as the king was considered to be imbued with divine powers.
A king must be wise and decisive. His wisdom must be acquired by listening to the counsel of trusted advisers, through his own discernment and through his own personal experience. When actions and decisions are required, a king must not waver and must lead from the front.
The personal and public life of a king must be beyond reproach. He must be respected and set an example for honesty and integrity as well as keeping his word and taking responsibility for his actions. He must win the trust and respect of his people by proving himself able to protect them and their interests. He must be just and fair in all his dealings and enforce law and order in the realm. A good king must also be articulate and capable to communicate his plans and programs clearly for the progress of his kingdom.
"A man should look as if he has bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care and then forgotten all about them." - Hardy Amies
✳Basic Fashion Tips
✳Art of Dressing
“To achieve the nonchalance which is absolutely necessary for a man, one article at least must not match. For instance, you can wear a dark blue suit and tie with a pale blue shirt and navy blue socks, but you must then have a patterned silk handkerchief say in dark red or a paisley design. Or stick to blue and have dark red socks.” 🎩👔
"A correctly cut cap or hat in a check cloth of a clear, clean pattern can add a dash to an otherwise sombre country outfit." 👚
✳Care of Clothes
"First and foremost, let your clothes rest and revive. Do not wear a suit or shoes two days running. Both cloth and leather need time to breathe. Remember every time you sit down you are ironing a suit in the wrong places."
🎩👔 ✳ Grooming
"I do not think there exists a woman who does not like a man to smell nice; by nice she means a smell which is as far removed as possible from the kind of scent she uses herself; something clean and herby is required." 🎩👔
"They have an air of masculine superiority softened with an almost feminine grace which has proved successful in the great game of sexual attraction." "You must look perfectly happy and relaxed in your clothes which must appear part of you rather than a wardrobe you have donned" — Hardy Amies
✳Was slightly feeling myself at the moment. Literally lol.