“There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.”—Alexander Hamilton
For my readers living outside the US: Veterans Day is an American holiday honoring armed service veterans observed on November 11th. It coincides with rmistice Day or Remembrance Day that are celebrated in other parts of the world and marks the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.
On a Snowy January in 1944 in the Ardennes Forest near the German and Belgium bordera, it’s quite possible that a US Army medic, looking much like this young man was involved in the “Battle of the Bulge.”
In this battle were more than one million soldiers —500,000 Germans, 55,000 British and 600,000 Americans—including my father. It was an Army medic, like this young man, who pulled my Dad from a mortar crater where he had been wounded and patched him up so he come home after the war to my Mother, sisters and me.
This image is an homage to all the brave men and women of our armed forces and was made in warm-toned black and white to look like it too could have been made in 1944.