Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Canyons of Gotham

New York City...and a touch of Paris.

"I want to wake up in a City that never sleeps..."

Manhatten after dark.

Sacred Ground: The Impact Site of Flight 93

"Heroism is latent in every human soul, however humble or unknown.
In great deeds, something abides.
In great fields, something stays.
Spirits linger to consecrate the ground.
And reverent men and women from afar, and generations that know us not,
shall come to this field to ponder and to dream.
And the power of the vision will pass into their souls."

--Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

The Tree of Shame at Deal's Gap

Deal's Gap, a section of US Highway 129 along the southwest border of Smokey Mountains National Park, is considered one of the penultimate tests of a motorcyclist's skill. The tightly twisted road, known as "The Dragon," boasts 318 sharp curves in it's 11-mile length. The "Tree of Shame," an otherwise unassuming Sycamore, carries the symbolic remains of those who failed to complete the course, having been "bit by the Dragon."

"Have a seat and tell me your troubles."

Tweeter, the quintessential listener.

"That from these honored dead, we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion."

Arlington National Cemetary, looking towards the former home of Robert E. Lee.
“Perform, then, this one act of commemoration before this Day passes:

Friday, May 16, 2008

Alpha and Omega

USS MISSOURI and USS ARIZONA, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

"All wars have two places in common: Where the blood first flowed, and where the killing ended."

Everything that happened that day was personal.

One of the thousands of personal commemorations left anonymously at the Flight 93 Memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.