Just over five years ago, my oldest son joined the Army. It was not the path that I expected or wanted him to take but it was the path that was right for him. Though I worried about his safety and well being, I felt at peace with his decision and had this sense that everything would be ok. In those five years, my son has been deployed to Afghanistan twice. These patches are ones that he wore during his first deployment. Though I don't remember what each of them mean, they are special to me because he wore them as he served a world away, defending those who were not able to defend themselves. Thankfully he has returned home safely after each deployment. He has been challenged physically and mentally over the years and he has become a stronger, more confident, capable soldier and person. I am proud of the man he has become. I am proud of the bravery he showed in Afghanistan and that he continues to show as he serves our country each day. I am proud of the skills that he has developed as he has advanced his career. I am inspired by the pride that he shows in our country and in the position that he holds. Today, on Veteran's Day, I honor my son and all of those who have served and who currently serve our great nation. May they be blessed with safety and protection as the stand up for freedom and liberty in all corners of the earth!
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Photo shot with SHOTBOX and my Samsung Galaxy S5 Smartphone.
Below you can see the setup inside the box. I am using the black backdrop once again. I thought about using a wooden base that looks like a desk top or a red or blue backdrop but I like the neutrality and timelessness of the black and it really makes the patches pop out. From this front angle, you can see that some of the patches are bent and wrinkled from lots of use and wear. The top shot smooths out those wrinkles and makes the patches appear to lay flat against the base. You may be wondering why my arm is in the picture. Well, the black and white flag patch is made of a paper material with a reflective coating. Because of that, it was picking up a lot of glare from the lights, even with the shields on so I put both of my arms along the top, inside of the box to further shield the flag from the glare of the lights. It worked great! Because my arms were both inside the box and my voice activation seems to be disabled, I used my nose to take the picture. Sometimes I have to improvise and be resourceful. Today was one of those times!