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Arlington National Ceremony
Arlington, VA | November 11th, 2012
Canon 5D MkII

Chief Master-at-Arms John S. Stokes was awarded the Medal of Honor when serving on board the U.S.S. New York off the coast of Jamaica, 31 March 1899. Showing gallant conduct, Stokes jumped overboard and assisted in the rescue of Peter Mahoney, watertender.

The Medal of Honor is the United States of America's highest military honor, awarded for acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. The medal is awarded by the President of the United States in the name of Congress. In 1990, Congress designated March 25th annually as "National Medal of Honor Day".


Amazing how love of one's 'brother' can drive us to put ourselves in danger in the hopes of keeping one another alive.


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Commander-Burn Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
(Salutes)
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tanikel Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015   Photographer
:salute:
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147CombatMedic Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
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GiardQatar Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great angle ... depth of field well adjusted .. excellent ... the only thing I would say is to get rid of the blue color of an object that is far away, it is distracting from the main subject ...
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013   Photographer
Thank you!

Guess I spent so much time staring at everything else, I completely skipped over that. 
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GiardQatar Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Most welcome
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DuncanJBerry Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent shot! My mother and father in law are buried in ANC. My father in law served in both Korea and Vietnam. 
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Shadowed-DarkNinja Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Arlington is such an incredible place! There are no words to explain how grateful I am to past, present, and future soldier for defending our home country, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice! May that man R.I.P. and live on *salutes*
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Sev808 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This has been sent to SEAL of Honor.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013   Photographer
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A7XFan666 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Nice shot :3
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hefeigal Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a stunning photo!
The angle and concept are both very original, and the focus is done in a very interesting way! I like how you blurred out the background. :D

All i'd suggest is to focus the gravestones around it just a touch more to give it a sense of depth. I think it seems just a touch shallow, since only one gravestone is in focus.
And I'm not saying to focus on them a lot, just a little to make them stand out more against the ones behind them.
But overall, this is a gorgeous piece! Keep up the amazing work!
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astarayel Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Thanks for your submission to the Art Creation and Commenting Challenge!

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Greyhawkstudios Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
I owe my life to a man who, after I had moved on, continued to Serve in the British Army and died in the First Iraq war, when I needed him he came for me and there is nothing that anyone, even myself, can say that could ever describe the love I felt for my friend and the great loss when I learned of his passing. No matter who they are we all, as soldiers, have a deep respect for those that made the ultimate sacrifice.
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Georden Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Poignant...
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absinthFenix Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Photographer
Not every person is capable for such deed. Children are, and as we get older we are less and less heroes. Maybe is self preservation instinct.
Anyway, the photo itself if just perfect.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012   Photographer
Too true, though there's times when we're downrange and the onl thing we're fighting for is the people to our left and right.
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ALIBI13 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student Artist
Really.....nice :(
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Gunnut51 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
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tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012   Photographer
:salute:
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147CombatMedic Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
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violetense says it all.
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violetense Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student Writer
I think it adds a lot of visual interest how crisp and bold the text is on his headstone but not on the others. I like the effect.

May he rest in peace, and his memory live on. :)
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tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012   Photographer
Thank you! =D
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Svitavotara Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Beautiful image. I salute to that brave man. :salute:
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tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012   Photographer
:heart:
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Sev808 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
*salutes*
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tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012   Photographer
:salute:
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SouthernWriter2 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It truly is remarkable what a small number of individuals do for our nation.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012   Photographer
Absolutely.
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577WolfMan Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
man i cant wait to be there one day
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helopilotoh58 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
I remember a movie, Flags of Our Fathers, the whole message it seemed be about why men fight. That in the heat of battle it's not your country you're fighting for, it's the man in the foxhole next to you. I'll never say I truly know this feeling, but I have a good idea. I know the guys I trained with, I know that I would at the time give my own life to make sure they were safe. In all honesty, I still would. I don't think that mentality ever goes away.

Makes you proud to have served or even to have known a service member. I didn't know about the day for the Congressional Medal of Honor. I'll try to remember it for next year. :salute:
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tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012   Photographer
Neither did I, it was an interesting tidbit to learn. And you're absolutely right about that mentality.
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helopilotoh58 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
You guys did a great job and are doing a great job. I'm truly honored to have served with all of you guys. Well not you in particular, but you get my drift. :)
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tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012   Photographer
If you served with me, you'd have had a amazing time. No one else wants to rock fake mustaches with me. =c
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helopilotoh58 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Fuck the fake mustache. I'd rock a real one for ya. :D
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tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012   Photographer
YAY! :w00t!:
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helopilotoh58 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
:D
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