Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Veteran's Day and the Arlington Memorial Amphitheater

Arlington Memorial Amphitheater Entrance

From the Department of Veterans Affairs:

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:
Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and
Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and
Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

The picture above is of the entrance to the Arlington Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC.  I thought it an appropriate shot to post in recognition of the upcoming Veterans Day.  The amphitheater sits next to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  If you see a veteran, please take a moment to thank a him or her and also, please take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices our vets have made to keep us free.

Thanks for visiting.

This shot was processed as usual.

Other settings include:

Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6D EX DC HSM Autofocus Zoom
ISO: 640
Aperture: f5.6
Exposure Bias: -0.67
Shutter: 1/2500
Focal Length: 17mm
Mode: Aperture Priority
Bracketing: 5 exposures with EVs ranging from -2 to +2 at 1 stop intervals
White Balance: Auto
Tripod: Induro AB0
Nikon MC-DC2 Remote Release Cord

From the blog at http://egearingphoto.blogspot.com

2 comments:

  1. Good info and a nice shot Evan, after visiting Van's blog I thought your next post is gonna be something from the Rowing Center.

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  2. Thanks afu. My next one will be, however, I thought something for Vets Day would be appropriate for now. I'll have something new tonight or tomorrow.

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