Blue Star Memorial

Blue Star Memorial
Nikon F2
50mm f/2 AI Nikkor
Fujifilm Neopan 100 Acros


I don’t have a military bone in my body. My dad tried hard to convince me to go into ROTC in college. Even though it would have paid most of my way, I wouldn’t have it. Dad was serious about men serving their country. I’m surprised now that he didn’t insist.

But I admire the men and women who did and do serve. I’m always saddened to find military graves in a cemetery, because it reminds me that some gave all.

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single frame: Blue Star Memorial

Military graves at Crown Hill in Indianapolis.


4 thoughts on “single frame: Blue Star Memorial

  1. You describe me as well. My father ran away from home and lied about his age to join the Army and go to Korea when he was 16. But unlike your dad, he never tried to get me to consider it – and I wish he had. As it was, I turned 18 during the short stretch when even draft registration had been terminated. But I think the discipline would have been good for me.

    Out of 4 siblings, only one has served, and he has made a career as a Navy submariner. I share your respect for those who have served.

    • Looking back, my dad’s primary motivator for recommending ROTC was that it would have saved him a ton of money on Rose-Hulman’s expensive tuition, room, and board. I knew enough about myself to know that following someone else’s rules just because, even when they didn’t make sense to me, was a terrible fit for me.

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