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Receiving The Flag by cheslah Receiving The Flag by cheslah
The parents of SPC Manuel J Vasquez, who was KIA in the Paktika Province in Afghanistan on April 24, 2012, recieve flags from the General at his burial at St. Mary's Cemetery in Sacramento, California on May 5, 2012.

Photo by: Pv2 Chelsie Taylor, May 5 2012, Sacramento California

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Dear Chelsie,

a strong and difficult shot. Difficult in two ways - the emotional, and the technical. This is one of the moments that parents never want to come true - loosing their beloved child. But it's not only hard for them, it's also hard for the comrades that fought along. I think you managed to capture the emotions in this shot.
On the technical side the shot is difficult as well. It looks like you had to handle midday sun, which results in a lot of sharp shades. Keeping the situation in mind, you didn't have any much of a big choice, did you?

Kind regards,

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kiltic Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Well, this image says it all... Excellent shot!  Thank you so much for sharing!
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cheslah Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment!  It's nice to know this image is still getting viewed once in a while. :)
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
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cheslah Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Professional Photographer
:salute:
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EllyCrazy Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
great shot of a very dificult situation :/No, I disagree! 
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cheslah Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much. 
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nimraaijaz Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
May God Guide you always. Capturing such strong and powerful moments demand a strong heart as well. Its not only capturing the emotions and the life of a moment in one picture but also an artist's growth through the lessons he observes in life's journey. You not only hold these moments on a lens/canvas but also deliver them, communicate to others, become a liaison and in this process feel the pain, the love, the break, the resolve- every emotion that your camera faces. This alone is a message of an artist. Keep it up, mate! 

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tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013   Photographer
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It's a solid photograph; funerals are never easy to shoot.  I'd suggest not cropping on the joints and a warmer white balance - the skin tones show hints of blue and makes the living look dead. 
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cheslah Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks.  

I saw what you were talking about with the blue tones, so I pulled it up in Photoshop and the skin wasn't blue at all.  Nonetheless, I pulled some blue out and put it back up.  I've been having some issues with DA where my photo doesn't look like it does after post, sometimes it's much darker here or the colors are dull.  
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SineadBH Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
So heartbreaking :( You've captured all the emotions in this one shot.. You can see he just could no longer keep it all in.. bless them all x
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cheslah Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you. :salute:
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DruDrewDraws Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no parent should ever have to attend their child's funeral.  this is so heart breaking.  
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cheslah Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Professional Photographer
I agree wholeheartedly. Unfortunately for this family, this wasn't the first funeral they've had to attend for one of their children. :( 
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DruDrewDraws Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that tears me apart, especially when i look at their faces in this photograph.  
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cheslah Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Photographer
The mother cried quietly throughout the whole ceremony, but the father kept it together up until this moment and shortly after the father started wailing, I had tears rolling down my face.

The mother is a strong woman, I met her a few times after the funeral.  The first time I met her after the funeral was at family day with my old unit.  My children were there, and she found me, picked up my youngest who was a year old, held him and cried.

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DruDrewDraws Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how could anyone not cry while witnessing that?  
what a powerful story... i really hope for the best for those people.  
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imredneckson Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013

That was my worst fear when my father was sent over seas twice. My heart goes out to them and all who have died and the families of the fallen soldiers. 

American Soldier-www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctVI5b…

 

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cheslah Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Professional Photographer
:salute:
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the-stephy-powers Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a very emotional capture...
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cheslah Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
I still get teary eyed when I look at it for a while.
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helopilotoh58 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
This flag is presented on behalf of a grateful nation and the United States Army as a token of appreciation for your loved one’s honorable and faithful service.

I remember saying those words one too many times.  Funeral Detail is THE hardest job in the military.  Those who have never done it will surely say differently, and those not in the military will definitely say it is not.  But you stand in front of a hysterically crying mother and say these words to her while handing the flag that was draped over her sons casket.  Or hand the flag to a boy who is 3 years old, not truly knowing or understanding what's going on, and his mother is crying beside him, and he salutes you back when you stand up and give the flag it's final salute.  Tell me that's not as hard or harder than being shot at, or sitting at a desk or thinking you know what it's like in the military when you never had the balls to join up in the first place. 

Funeral Detail was the hardest job I ever did, and one I would gladly do again.  I was incredibly honored to have been able to do such a job.  The men and women who perform this duty have my utmost respect and gratitude.  Great shot.
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cheslah Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional Photographer
I had Funeral Detail when I was with my unit in California.  It really was one of the hardest things I've ever done.  I remember the talks I got from the NCO's that were also working this funeral, which was my first; 
"DO NOT cry."  
"You are a soldier, make sure you keep your military bearings."  
"Show no emotion whatsoever."

I managed to hold myself together until they began playing TAPS and lowering the soldier in to the ground.  The father broke down and cried, and that's what put me over the edge.  

The mother and I are friends now.  She visited the unit a few months after the funeral and was looking for me.  When she found me, she stayed with me the whole day.  She burst in to tears when she held the Demonchild, who was barely over a year old.
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helopilotoh58 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
We were never told not to cry.  We were told that we needed to keep our military bearings though.  It's a funeral, you're giving the last military rights to your fallen or retired brothers.  Of course you're going to be a little emotional.  I would do it again if I could.  Parts of it were fun, I mean we had one girl that went with us on a few, so we had to tone down the male ego's a bit.  Plus I was always the D.D. since I was under 21, so I was constantly driving the big ass 15 pac vans.  And boy did I learn how to drive those like a friggin Formula One race car....:evillaugh:  Same with the little Alero's we had on base.  It got bad enough with us pulling the E-brake on the highway that they told us not to use them.  That they had wired the break so that they would know who did it and charge us for the repairs.....lol

But all fun aside, it was serious business.  We may have joked around and had a good time, but when it came time to buck up and do the job, we were all locked up and squared away.  We all knew how hard it was, and the guys that didn't do it thought it was a cake walk.  They were always quickly corrected.
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cheslah Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
My first car was an alero. :) Twas a sexy little beast!  

I want to say I'm sorry that you've had to do Funeral Detail, but sorry isn't the right word.  I wish that no one had to do it, but at the same time, it's a very powerful moment in time that you're glad you have under your belt.  I loved and hated it all at the same time.  I loved seeing the raw emotions of people and putting a soldier safely in his final resting place, but at the same time I hated that we even had to be there at all.
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helopilotoh58 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
I hated it in the beginning, mainly because I really didn't know what I was doing or the impact it had on people.  All I saw was that I was being taken away from my family and told to go bury this guy over there.  It wasn't until I had gone to a few that started to really see what it was really about.
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Sev808 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This one was shared. I will link both deviant page and Facebook page.
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cheslah Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional Photographer
:squee:  I'm so happy this one is getting more attention!
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Sev808 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'll share the other ones related to that one, what unit are you with so I appropriately credit the photos?
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cheslah Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional Photographer
In this photo I belonged to 238 transportation detachment.  I currently belong to 982nd combat camera company.
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Sev808 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Gocha. Here's the Facebook page.

www.facebook.com/pages/America...
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cheslah Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
Much thanks, my friend.
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Sev808 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure, and I found you on Facebook again. =)
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falcorn0squirrel Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
really emotional shot.
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cheslah Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you
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roamingtigress Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Very powerful capture. Excellent perspective.
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cheslah Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much. I'm glad you were able to feel it
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roamingtigress Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
You are very welcome!
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LocationCreator Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
The viewing angle of this piece is great because it is almost the General's viewpoint.
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cheslah Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional
bitter/sweet
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:iconcheslah:
cheslah Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Photographer
I think it's just bitter. =/
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bear48 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional
I can understand that but I have not lost anyone this time out.

There sweet may not be the right word but there is something special about the respect That the color pay their fallen fellow and the family of the fallen.

My father and grandfather both had military funerals.

I also a lot of close friends in Vietnam even though I was to young to go myself.

I have been an out spoken advocate for piece but I have also have been very out spoken advocate that our solders who walk in harms way to protect the family and country be treated with the greatest respect.

I once again thank you for your very honest art and for your service
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cheslah Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Photographer
This is the most I've ever seen you speak. :)

Good luck in you quest for peace, I'm right there with you.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional
:D

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ReapingRose Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This picture is beautiful, but it is sad that it had to be taken.
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cheslah Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you. It is sad.
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ReapingRose Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
At least he is not in any more pain.
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cheslah Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
True. I just wish his mom wasn't anymore.
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ReapingRose Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
same
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Sev808 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
*salutes* The fallen shall forever be remembered as the nation's finest!
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