FOR ME, PHOTOGRAPHING any place or event is about the details as much as the whole. Details are like words, which when strung together, create sentences and then a story.
On Memorial Day at Faribault’s Central Park, details were written into the annual post parade ceremony honoring our veterans and war dead.
Veterans dressed in pressed uniforms, formal in attire. Crisp. Snap. Salute. Precision marked their movements. Such formality evokes evidence of honor, most suitable for this occasion.
Taps mourned and guns fired. Flags rippled. Protocol held utmost importance.
And in the audience I observed a dress code of patriotic reverence for this day. Red, white and blue prevailed.
American flags, too, were noticeable.
On occasions like this, I feel a deep sense of pride that my community cares enough about those who have served to present, participate in and attend a Memorial Day program in the park.
We care about this great nation of ours, about our freedom, about our family members and others who have served in the U.S. military.
I am grateful to live in this country, grateful to gather in a city park, grateful to have the uncensored freedom to photograph the details, to document this event in images and words.
© Copyright 2016 Audrey Kletscher Helbling