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Pay your respects 3 by LostInTheDesert Pay your respects 3 by LostInTheDesert
Photographer: zia ul haq
PS Editer: Michael Biagioni

In a casket draped with our nationís flag, lies a U.S. soldier. He wears my uniform, my flag, and my first name. He served his country with honor and courage. He was a good man, and an even better soldier.

I envy him, he has seen the end of the war on terror, and has died the way I wish too. Not of cancer, not on a deathbed, not of old age, or heart attack, or by accident, or of cowardly suicide, he died with a roar in his chest, and fire in his eyes. He died a hero.

Saluted by his comrades, missed by his family and friends, he will never be forgotten. His death was not a defeat, but graduation into a heavenly place. Under God's loving wing, in God's tender hand. He now knows only peace.
(read my 23march04 jounral entry for more details)

p.s. please +fav this, so all of devart will experience this.

p.s.s. anyone who dares think this is "overly patriotic" do me a favor and keep it to yourself.
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jerrydickerson85 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
the exert you wrote brought tears to my eyes
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Raethz Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009
There's a cadence we sing, in the service. This reminded me of it.
"if i die in a old drop zone
box me up and send me home
pin my wing upon my chest
tell me momma i done my best "

My heart goes out to the soldiers in the sand. God bless.
Ancient-Hoofbeats Featured By Owner May 12, 2008  Student General Artist
You've been featured in an article honoring US Troops! [link]
Chrippy Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2007
Very sad but a hard reality. Thank you very much. I have been to a Soldier funeral its hard and very emotional you can see the pride in there eyes yet the loss of there fellow soldier
Ancient-Hoofbeats Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2006  Student General Artist
rock on, dude, rock on!

PLEASE see my [link]
and let me know what u think.

btw, great pic and description--i'll b praying for his family!

"American by God's Amazing Grace"

and have a good day!
Shimizu-Akira Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2006
Very beautiful, my friend, both the photo and the description. I assume that you're serving, in which case if that is true then let me say thank you. There are some Americans that screw up both over there and over here in various ways, but it's citizens like you that honor the name of America, so thank you.

I'll be heading into the service myself, I'm going into the Air Force. I won't be on the frontlines fighting, but I'll be serving nonetheless. After viewing this, I'm filled with pride for having signed up, so thank you once again.
rfphoto Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2004
incredible photo. very moving. i had a neighbor go off to iraq and he is a father figure for me. when he left i wanted to join the military as soon as i turned 18. when he came back he was not the same person that left. i no longer want to join after seeing how he was however if there is a draft when i graduate i would enlist before i get drafted because if my country needs me i would go. thankyou for doing whatever you had to do to keep me safe at home and what you may be going though for doing that, sorry.
furyfull Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2004
thats my biggest fear at this moment and wil grow with time
thats not at all overly patriotic . Well done with the photo
MisTressDiVa Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful, peaceful, sad, and the words make my heart sweel with the pride of our soldier at war.

orgasmicdemise Featured By Owner May 20, 2004   Interface Designer
i think it's beautiful. it's not overly patriotic.. but there is nothing wrong with that.
what you have written is very beautiful.. and the image.. well its just emotionally heartbreaking.
PassionatelyCrazy Featured By Owner May 6, 2004
Very sad indeed, you get your message across. I think we need more deviant art users to put out work like this, to show "those" people who have no idea what it's all about. I know you must to some degree feel unappreciated by some people, but I wanted to welcome you home, and hope that the memories dont haunt you forever:hug:
LostInTheDesert Featured By Owner May 6, 2004
truthfully, sometimes i feel over-appreciated. i went out there and did what i felt must be done. i expereinced some things, and i learned some life lessons, more importantly i learned how to love people in general. i expected to hate all of the afghan people because of what happend on 9/11. but the opposite happend. i saw the living conditions, i experienced the culture, and met the people. In the end, i want to see afghanistan rise up to become a beutiful place, where education thrives. then i believe peace can come. i know its much more difficult then that but this is just how i feel..
PassionatelyCrazy Featured By Owner May 7, 2004
Its great to know you feel that way, I know a lot of people, including soldiers who despise the Afgans for their "involvement" if you can call it that. It feels really good, almost inspirational if you will, that you've come to gain so much.
silentbride Featured By Owner May 6, 2004
very sad, but an great capture. like this one alot.
wingedwonder Featured By Owner May 4, 2004
Wasn't there a big commotion over the ban of showing/publishing soldiers caskets in the media? A man working on a carrier on the way to Dover photographed a row of caskets with the flags over them and was promptly fired. Personally I think all sides of war should be reported not only the falsely optimistic side. I think the people back home should know the cost of this war.

I am very truly sorry for your loss, and the loss of this soldier's family and friends. Very poignant photo. Glad your home safe.

I also heard today that 47,000 soldiers and reserv guards are no on call and may go to Iraq. Guess we're not pulling out afterall?
cameliusv Featured By Owner May 3, 2004
ask me terror I was right in that place when Istanbul attacked!! fighting for 35 years with this shit!! God bless all the men who died with a smile against terror !!
mooboy Featured By Owner May 3, 2004
Chronometrics Featured By Owner May 2, 2004
No matter how well prepared you think you are for it, it still hurts like hell to lose a buddy.
NetPsycho Featured By Owner May 2, 2004
That is depressing. Really depressing.
Those soldiers are lucky to have escaped the pain their friends and loved ones will now suffer.
omegasranger Featured By Owner May 1, 2004   Writer
It takes a hero to go to a foriegn country and lay his/her life down for others - no matter the reason...
Thats cool how all the soldiers in the front are E-6's.
Instant +fav.
blackwatch Featured By Owner May 1, 2004
Couldn't see the picture, but glad to see that you're still numbered among the living. I was starting to get a little worried.
LostInTheDesert Featured By Owner May 1, 2004
thank you for your care, yes im still among the living and now i am a civilian agian. so more pictures..
blackwatch Featured By Owner May 1, 2004
Welcome home! And thank you!
lemontea Featured By Owner May 1, 2004
I'll fav this when you resize it, as it's way too large for me to properly see. The message is clear though, sorry to hear of their loss. At least it's over.

Try to resize this about 900xwhatevertheproportion is and reduce it's image size as it's at 2.8 megabytes currently.
LostInTheDesert Featured By Owner May 1, 2004
lemontea Featured By Owner May 1, 2004
Well, I see you resized it, but apparently now it's only loading that top section. Stupid deviantart.
LostInTheDesert Featured By Owner May 1, 2004
ok got it finaly
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Date Taken
Mar 19, 2004, 9:36:37 PM