These photographs were taken in New York City on November 11, 2008 at the Veterans Day parade. Behind each photograph is the story of an individual and his or her service to the country. As I photographed at the parade, I thought of all the countless thousands of soldiers lost or maimed in war who could not be present. We have now been at war in Afghanistan for over eight years and at war in Iraq for over six years. As the country debates the future of our involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq, when we hear on the news the numbers of tens of thousands of troops under consideration for deployment, let us remember that each soldier is an individual with family, friends and dreams.
Comments from veterans and all others are welcome.
"I am a 77 year old army veteran from Williamstown, Massachusetts who was drafted for the Korean War. I am a member of the American Legion, and more importantly Veterans for Peace. I have spent the last nine years protesting the needless wars America keeps waging. It's time to end them, and change our militaristic mind set. There is enough death around the world from natural causes. We don't have to keep the count going using the excuse of spreading democracy." Norman Burdick
"I am a 62 year old Vietnam Veteran from Bennington, Vermont. I spent 12 months in Vietnam 1967-68 August to August. Those experiences are with me everyday, everywhere. Now we have a new generation of war vets. Always another war. Always more vets, more heartache, guilt and shame." Paul Mooney
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