I Heart Faces–Got to Wear Shades

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The theme for I Heart Faces this week is “Got To Wear Shades”. I know most of the pics will be summery, silly, and just plain fun. This one? Not quite. But… it has great meaning, and I hope you’ll read to the end. At the end of June, there was a message on Facebook from a dear school friend of mine; her nephew was serving in Afghanistan and had been wounded. He was being airlifted to Germany and his parents were on their way to see him. His mom and aunt both work at our school, and we all lifted up prayers that he would be healed. God chose instead to bring him home, and his body was finally brought here to Georgia. I had the honor and privilege of taking pictures at his funeral, and I have never been prouder to be an American. The photos that I took at the funeral are private and will remain so; they were my love offering to his family. But this picture was taken beforehand, as various groups readied themselves for the task ahead of them. This gentleman is part of the Patriot Guard Riders, a veterans group who escorts our fallen soldiers throughout their final journey home. You can see the reflection of other Patriot Guard Riders in his shades. What a precious gift they give to grieving families; thank you isn’t sufficient for the balm their offering of honor and dignity brings to hurting hearts and souls. Please remember to pray for our soldiers and their families, and never, ever pass up the opportunity to say “Thank you” for the sacrifices that they make on a daily basis.
For more “shades” pics, head over to I Heart Faces and click on the links. But first… please promise me that you’ll stop… right now… and say a prayer for the families of our soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice for each of us. God bless America…

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22 responses to this post.

  1. Awww, Pam this is amazing. Cried and said a prayer all in the same breath. Beautiful, love this and love that you are going to be able to bring so many to prayer this week. Love and hugs…

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  2. Posted by Pam on August 14, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    So sunny lately I have to wear mine all the time. Great shot.

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  3. Posted by Donna/smoochiemom on August 14, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. I have been to 3 processions where the Patriot Guard was escorting soldiers home. It is an amazing sight…God Bless these men and women of the guard, as well as all the servicemen and women who give so much for our country.

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  4. Oh Pam. What a wonderful post. And a wonderful reminder to say thank you. I am sorry for their loss. So very sorry. Very proud to be an American.

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  5. Sometimes there just aren’t words to express the emotions in the heart.
    For me this is one of those times..

    Saying a prayer, and wiping a tear…

    Thanks for the reminder Pam D. :o)

    Great shot…

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  6. Amazing. Just amazing how you managed to capture that with words and picture. All choked up as I thank God for your friend’s sacrifice. Thankful for where we live. For the heroes that live among us. And for the ones who we wait for to come home.

    Thank you for sharing this my dear friend.

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  7. This touched me even more than I can express. Praying for his family right now… 😦

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  8. So sorry for their loss. Prayers to the family. Beautiful picture. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. Oh wow! What a touching and beautiful post. I feel for that family and pray for sure!

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  10. Really, really cool. We’re in GA, too, so it’s extra special.

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  11. Very touching. We are so lucky that those who serve choose to do so. God bless them.

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  12. THAT is a fantastic capture!

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  13. Posted by Dana on August 16, 2010 at 8:12 am

    OMGoodness….I’m all teary now. THIS should win. THIS should be the winner this week. What a sincerely, BEAUTIFUL photo and an honoring moment. This photo is just hands down, THE.BEST!

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  14. Hi Pam, I did say a prayer. What a beautiful post and a beautiful shot. SO nice of you to capture the memories for the family.

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  15. this touched my heart since im a Marine wife and I worry all the time about my husband. its a great photo!

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  16. wonderful photo. i’m glad you were able to take photos for the family – what a treasure they will surely be!

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  17. Super cool shot!

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  18. Beautiful! Your post had meaning to me as my husband served with the Old Guard at National Cemetery for over 7 years and also just returned from Afghanistan. God Bless your friends and I hope their path to healing is a smooth and peaceful one.

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  19. Beyond awesome.

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  20. LOVED this entry. What a touching story and fabulous photo to go along with it.

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  21. heh that’s pretty cool.

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  22. Great picture!

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