When walking around the Veteran’s Memorial at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs, Colo., I spent the time documenting the other memorials for the different services.
Being a Navy veteran, I was looking for something more than just shots of the structures and sculptures. I always remember the times I had in the Navy. I always remember my close friends.
Then I noticed several wreaths lying on the ground. Their flowers have long been dead. Placed probably during the last Veteran’s Day ceremony.
On the ground was a single red carnation against the starkness of the pure white snow.
To me it is representing the blood shed on the sands of Iraq or Afghanistan. The port of Beruit, Lebanon. The shores of Khe San, Iwo Jima, Normandy, Montezuma, the Delaware River, and any other place where a soldier lost his or her life in defense of this nation.