Veterans Day Tribute

Retired Marine Master Sgt. Charles Mullins of Beaufort, SC salutes the playing of the "Star Spangled Banner" during Veterans Day at the national cemetery in Beaufort.

Retired Marine Master Sgt. Charles Mullins of Beaufort, SC salutes the playing of the "Star Spangled Banner" on Veterans Day at the national cemetery in Beaufort S.C.

In honor of Veterans Day I am updating and reposting this collection of images that I have taken over the past several years.

Memorial Day at the Vietnam War Memorial (Pete Marovich)

Visitors at the Vietnam War Memorial.

May 28, 2010 - Washington, District of Columbia, U.S., - Rolling Thunder's Memorial Day weekend commemoration ceremonies began in Washington, D.C., as hundreds of members arrived at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Rolling Thunder Inc. is a non-profit organization which is dedicated to the search of American soldiers who are prisoners of war or missing in action. Rolling Thunder was established in 1987. (Credit Image: © Pete Marovich/ZUMA Press) (Pete Marovich/ZUMA Press)

Visitors mourn at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

A honor guard removes the casket of Esau Patterson Jr. at the family cemetery in Ridgeland, SC. Patterson died in Baghdad, Iraq, when a vehicle approached his unit and the driver detonated a bomb. He was assigned to 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany. Died on April 29, 2004.

A honor guard removes the casket of Esau Patterson Jr. at the family cemetery in Ridgeland, SC. Patterson died in Baghdad, Iraq, when a vehicle approached his unit and the driver detonated a bomb. He was assigned to 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany. Died on April 29, 2004.

The widow and children of Esau Patterson Jr. after receiving the flag that covered his casket during gravesite services in Ridgeland, SC.

The widow and children of Esau Patterson Jr. after receiving the flag that covered his casket during gravesite services in Ridgeland, SC.

LCPL Jourdan Grez's graveside service at Arlington National Cemetery. Grez was killed May 11, 2005 when his amphibious assault vehicle struck an explosive device in Karabilah, Iraq.

Graveside service at Arlington National Cemetery.

A Marine honor guard holds the flag that covered the casket of a soldier during funeral services at Arlington National Cemetery.

A Marine honor guard holds the flag that covered the casket of a soldier during funeral services at Arlington National Cemetery.

LCPL Jourdan Grez's graveside service at Arlington National Cemetery. Grez was killed May 11, 2005 when his amphibious assault vehicle struck an explosive device in Karabilah, Iraq.

LCPL Jourdan Grez's graveside service at Arlington National Cemetery. Grez was killed May 11, 2005 when his amphibious assault vehicle struck an explosive device in Karabilah, Iraq.

A wheelchair bound veteran visits the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, also known as "The Wall."

A wheelchair bound veteran visits the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, also known as "The Wall."

Amanda Lamb, 21, sits in front of a headstone in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day weekend. The stone marks the grave of her best friend, U.S. Army Spc. Justin Allan Rollins, a member of the 82nd Airborne.Rollins, 22, died on March 5, 2007, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his convoy in Samarra, Iraq.

Amanda Lamb, 21, sits in front of a headstone in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day weekend. The stone marks the grave of her best friend, U.S. Army Spc. Justin Allan Rollins, a member of the 82nd Airborne.Rollins, 22, died on March 5, 2007, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his convoy in Samarra, Iraq.

Navy Capt. Nicholas Sabalos served in the military for 28 years. When he died nearly three years ago of liver cancer at age 74, he was buried on a hillside in Arlington National Cemetery.Since her husband’s death, Dolores Sabalos has made a habit of visiting his grave every Saturday. While she sits at her husband’s side, Mrs. Sabalos says, she tells him what she did that week and how the family is doing.

Navy Capt. Nicholas Sabalos served in the military for 28 years. When he died nearly three years ago of liver cancer at age 74, he was buried on a hillside in Arlington National Cemetery.Since her husband’s death, Dolores Sabalos has made a habit of visiting his grave every Saturday. While she sits at her husband’s side, Mrs. Sabalos says, she tells him what she did that week and how the family is doing.

Charles J. Smith stood in the same spot in front of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial for more than an hour.Wearing a green army jacket and holding a framed photograph behind his back, Smith bowed his head and stared at a name inscribed on the granite monument. The name was that of a friend, James E. Pierce.

Charles J. Smith stood in the same spot in front of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial for more than an hour.Wearing a green army jacket and holding a framed photograph behind his back, Smith bowed his head and stared at a name inscribed on the granite monument. The name was that of a friend, James E. Pierce.

Two veterans of the Vietnam war comfort a comrade during his visit to the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Two veterans of the Vietnam war comfort a comrade during his visit to the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Washington, D.C.

A late night visitor to the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial over Memorial Day weekend.

A late night visitor to the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial over Memorial Day weekend.

9 thoughts on “Veterans Day Tribute

  1. Just arrived on this page accidentally, via the “vietnam war images”. These pictures pack some real power, and almost brought tears to my eyes. Great photos, thanks a lot for sharing.

  2. My father is the Marine in the 7th picture captioned “A Marine honor guard holds the flag that covered the casket of a soldier during funeral services at Arlington National Cemetery”. Such an amazing picture, which really speaks volumes. happy memorial day

  3. In picture 13, you state 2 veterans of the Vietnam war comfort a comrade. The two veterans wearing the Legacy Vets MC colors are actually veterans of other wars whereas the brother wearing the Vietnam Vets MC colors is a veteran on the Vietnam war.

  4. Excuse me sir,
    I was just wondering if i could use the first picture of retired marine master sgt. Charles Mullins for a school art project. For the past three days I’ve been scouring the internet looking for a good picture to base it off of, and as soon as i saw this one i knew I’d found it.
    In case your worried I would not be selling this picture to anyone or be claiming it as my own.

  5. Pete, I am a singer/songwriter. I like the picture of the three veterans and would like to use it for possibly 1-3 pictures. I want to put my poem “The Wall” over the picture to show some people your work and my poem. I have a Nam song that was read on the floor of the US Senate two years ago. “19 Years Old” Shaun Schipper The poem I want to put on the picture is “The Wall” I walk along the Wall, tears fill my eyes – over 58,000 men and women, in Nam, they lost their lives – over 58,000 fellow Americans, they never made it home – over 58,000 buddies, their names carved on this stone – walking along the Wall, I drop down on my knees – I put my hand on that stone, on a name in front of me – I hold my hand on that stone shaking and overwhelmed – if it wasn’t for this hero, Id never had made it home – with paper and with pencil, I rub out my buddy’s name – he died a hero, he died and I was saved – I remember it like yesterday, can’t leave the past behind – my name should be upon the Wall, not this buddy of mine – I walk along the Wall, tears fill my eyes – over 58,000 men and women, in Nam, they lost their lives

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