Photo Friday: The Lone Sailor

Orlando Family Photographer - Kelly Verdeck Photography

The Lone Sailor statue and battleship USS Wisconsin, Norfolk VA.

I don’t write much about it here, of course, but over the past few years I’ve become of an increasingly political mind, as I’ve come to realize how important the decisions being made in our state and national capitols are–they affect not just our own lives, but the lives and futures of our kids, and even their kids. As the 2012 U.S. Presidential campaign kicks into high gear over the next few months, the intensity of the debate–already far too polarized and acrimonious–will only increase. Something I’ve noticed over the past few years is the increasing tendency for each side to try to make a claim on the high ground in terms of morality and patriotism. That, to me, is simply wrong. Whichever side of the political spectrum you might find yourself on, I think the one thing we should all agree on is that we ALL love our nation and want what’s best for it. Clearly many disagree on exactly what that signifies, and how we should try to get there. But as soon as someone labels the opposing opinion unpatriotic or un-American, to me they’ve crossed over into meaningless emotional rhetoric and contribute nothing to the debate.

And so have I–sorry to ramble!

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One Comment

  1. Michelle Koster
    September 21, 2016

    Hi Kelly,

    My husband is in the US Navy and he is going to be ranking up soon and I’ve been looking for the “perfect gift” for the occasion. I am wondering if there is anyway that I could have or pay for a digital copy of this photo? His first duty station was in Norfolk and I think this image would be very special to him. I do some digital print work and I would like to superimpose a quote from President JFK on top and then mat and frame it for him. I have been looking for the right photo and I really think this captures a lot of our journey and his experience in the Navy.

    No matter what, thank you for capturing this image. It brought me to tears when I first saw it.


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