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#1 posted 07-01-2010 02:43 AM

I not sure I really needed that, but thanks for posting…...............Schloemoe

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#2 posted 07-01-2010 02:51 AM

It touched me real hard seeing that but we are not all the same.

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#3 posted 07-01-2010 03:02 AM

very powerful photo

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#4 posted 07-01-2010 03:04 AM

Been there, done that.

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#5 posted 07-01-2010 03:24 AM

Very touching photo, this is definitely a case where a picture says at least a thousand words.

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#6 posted 07-01-2010 01:17 PM

A scene being repeated all too often. Canada just lost two medics to an IED in Afgahnistan. It is tough to think of all the lives these people touch and then suddenly they are not there anymore…all the potential, all the good they’ve been doing…

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#7 posted 07-01-2010 02:11 PM

The subject is dangerous, it’s almost sure I’ll be misled and eventually I’ll offend some of you. I apologize in advance.
Imo this is a rhetorical and pitiless photo, because it plays with the true sorrow of a kid, who probably is feeling he has lost everything in life. One should lower the glance instead, and respect this huge sorrow. This cynical photo doesn’t document anything, simply enters the private sorrow of a kid, to earn some money.

-- Antonio

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#8 posted 07-01-2010 02:38 PM

Words can’t discribe that little boy’s feelings, for any child to loose a mother, father is rough, changes life forever.
Breaks my heart to see so many Ameriican’s, Canadians, and so many other countries loose so many hero’s.
They are all brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, uncle’s aunts etc affects so many lives thousands of times now.
I myself have very mixed feelings for both wars there in Afgan and Iraq of the wars themselves, but l don’t express those feelings, for fear to hurt or offend someone else.

Here in Canada, it amazes me all bodies come to my town Military Trenton Base Trenton, Ontario, Canada. Then a police escorts leads the hurses from Trenton Base to highway 401 to Toronto, Ontario same route each time. Hamilton Rd and streets they travel including all along highway # 401 there are signs every so many km, that says ” HERO’S HIGHWAY ”” l think those signs are very nice to see reminding everyone of the hero’s final route.

At every overpass bridge along 401 and a few going to 401, on the over pass bridge above highway, hundreds of people holding flags, hand over their heart, many solute parked fire trucks, ambulences, dozens of police cars parked along highway, on the overpasses to Toronto.
At overpasses along 401 caars pull over and people stand along 401 and this goes on to Toronto from Trenton.
And as they leave the base here hundreds line the road as well, this touches my heart each time.
But l get upset when l hear people complain about it, l just wanted to discribe what happens here in Canada.

Thanks for posting photo

-- jim

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#9 posted 07-01-2010 05:13 PM

I think it shows a very brave young man.

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#10 posted 07-01-2010 05:32 PM

having just buried a brother, I can relate

very sad

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#11 posted 07-01-2010 05:57 PM

no, it’s not a young man, it’s a kid. If you take a kid and disguise him as a little man, with jacket and tie, you simply deny his childhood. Worst: you kill his childhood. What is it? our sense of guilty? because we – in the 21st century, not in the medieval era – we, all we were not able to protect him?
From now on, he will never have a childhood again, and he is even at risk not to become a man – because you have to be a child, with all your light-heartedness, to become a strong man. It’s not enough: we ask him to support such a sorrow as if he were an adult; but this is the same as to pretend a young tree to resist without water under the sun. What will you get then? a stronger tree maybe?

-- Antonio

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#12 posted 07-02-2010 02:50 PM

That was me in 1974. Although it was a very hard thing for me to go through, it made me a stronger person, a stronger and better man. It is REAL LIFE and it is (IN MY OPINION) not something we should shield from the next generation. If we do they become weak and complacent. With my entire being I salute, honor, admire and am thankful to anyone that has, is or will serve this great country!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#13 posted 07-02-2010 03:26 PM

Well Said Cozmo!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#14 posted 07-02-2010 03:37 PM

That is a powerful image….I see what your saying Antonio…You can see the look on that kids face saying so many different things..conveying so many different emotions..It looks to me as if he is holding back…trying to be brave and not cry…when he should be crying..he is a little boy that just lost a parent…but Cozmo brings up a good point as well. I lost my mother to cancer when I was 9, and I was not allowed to go to the wake or the funeral. To this day I still have no real sense of closure, that I didn’t get to say goodbye. I was shielded from the reality of the situation, by well meaning adults, but I am not sure that it helped…

I feel for this boy….I identify with him…this picture brings back alot of pain and bad memories for me…even though my loss was not in defense of our country. It is said the things that happen to us as children shape how we are as adults, and I often wonder how different my life would have been had that event not happened..
“What doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger” I have to say that to some degree this is my case anyways…

God bless anyone that has given their life in defense of this country..


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#15 posted 07-02-2010 05:36 PM

As I wrote, I have already apologized, and I do apologize again if it may be useful. It’s a difficult subject, but believe me, I didn’t want to hurt anyone for the sake of hurting. Simply it’s a difficult subject, and the words fail.

Mike, David and Rob: I for one have lost my mother 3 years ago, aging 80 when I was 46 y.o. So my experience is trivial and common, it’s life after all, and although I have suffered a lot for many months, my experience is nothing compared with your experience or the experience of the boy in that photo.

Three years ago, looking for the way you English/American people say elaborazione del lutto (= the making of the mourning), I ended up on some sites, where doctors and psychiatrists explain the many phases of this difficult process; each phase may occur or not and there is not a pre-established order. I remember I laughed a lot (bitterly) when I discovered to have experienced each one of those phases.

The subject is extremely interesting (see here for instance), but one thing is very important: not everyone is able to complete this process. For instance, a mother who loses her son in a car accident, starts thinking a part of her has died (and maybe it has died actually, who knows).

So I don’t like that photo, as I wrote, and I prefer to lower my glance and respect the private dimension of the sorrow of that boy.

-- Antonio

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