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Challenge: Remembering (Standard Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Fujifilm X30
Date: Jun 11, 2017
Aperture: 2.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/58
Date Uploaded: Jun 11, 2017

[Jun. 13th, 2017 12:53:48 PM]

My Dad was captured in Belgium during WWII, finally surrendered when surrounded in a farmhouse by German soldiers. That's when he went missing (in re the newspaper article).

He spent the remainder of the war (about 6 months) in a German prison camp. The spoon was issued to him as a prisoner by the Nazis, with which to eat his meals while in captivity. The insignia is obvious on the handle if you zoom in.

The letter was written to his family during the war, before his capture.

He came home at the end of the war, with a shrapnel scar and some emotional issues, married my mom, had 3 kids and a successful local furniture store until his death in 1979 at age 57.

Dad was a pacifist, so going to war was more than a little traumatic for him...in more ways than one. He suffered bouts of PTSD and depression throughout his life. But, to all who knew him, he was a saint. Spent much of the rest of his life doing community service and loving us unconditionally.

He died 38 years ago on June 15. I miss him more than I can say. He was the finest person I have ever known. Ever.

Thanks, everyone, for your lovely comments and votes! So much incredible talent here. I'm honored to be among you.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 27
Avg (all users): 6.5952
Avg (commenters): 4.5000
Avg (participants): 6.4667
Avg (non-participants): 6.6667
Views since voting: 416
Views during voting: 81
Votes: 42
Comments: 15
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06/20/2017 12:26:19 AM
yeahhh a yellow!!!!! Congrats!
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06/19/2017 04:57:17 PM
Beautiful remembrance. Congrats on the ribbon.
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06/19/2017 01:36:54 PM
Wow! What a story to go with your beautiful image.

I'm thankful that you had your dad as long as you did, but sorry that he's gone so soon.
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06/19/2017 12:38:23 PM
Originally posted by Cuttooth:

Incredible story and image Lucie. Congrats on the Yellow.


Congrats to YOU, Mark. Your image gave me chills. Absolutely lovely.

06/19/2017 12:28:23 PM
Incredible story and image Lucie. Congrats on the Yellow.
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06/19/2017 09:58:39 AM
What an incredible man. Thanks for sharing his story and congratulations on your ribbon.
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06/19/2017 08:37:51 AM
Glad he got back after the war and had a family life of his own. Congrats on your ribbon and thanks for sharing your story.
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06/19/2017 02:29:27 AM
A very moving image, a very moving story. Congratulations on the ribbon.
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06/19/2017 02:08:03 AM
Wow. Thank you for sharing. I'm glad your dad made it back and lived such an exemplary life and lives on through his children.
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06/19/2017 01:25:31 AM
Incredibly moving story, and very eloquent image.
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06/19/2017 01:19:41 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon. Thank you for sharing your story. Your Father would be proud of your photography. Your ribbon was well deserved in honor of your Dad on Father's Day.
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06/19/2017 12:10:35 AM
Thanks for sharing your story. What an inspiration he must have been to all.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/17/2017 04:58:21 PM
Text seems to violate rules of standard editing.
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06/12/2017 04:55:34 PM
I'm sorry about your dad.

Did they ever find him?
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06/12/2017 12:15:07 PM
A man to be proud of. Very poignant image...
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