When I was a little boy I remember watching war movies on tv. Most of them were about WWII, and I was a huge fan of MASH. These things all coupled together ignited in me a life long love of history. From the Revolution to the Civil War period up through the modern age, the shapers of our country have always been a part of me. As a matter of fact, I still go to Gettysburg several times a year to breathe it all in.
I have a project in mind to bring my two favorite interests – history and photography together. And I need some help to get it done, mostly in finding my subjects. And I’m hoping you can help.
I call my project “Faces of Valor”, and the idea is simple: find some of the remaining local WWII veterans, along with those from Korea and Vietnam and take their portraits for posterity. Simple portraits, to capture their spirit. Their memories. To have a tangible remembrance of their sacrifices and the sacrifices of their comrades.
My goal is to shoot this project over the winter months and come Memorial Day 2013, to display these extraordinary portraits in an exhibit. It is my hope that someone in our community will step forward and host the exhibit, and to help publicize it. However, for the time being my thoughts and energy are on finding these men and making their portraits.
When all is said and done, it would be my hope that someone would put these portraits on a semi-permanent display, maybe the VA or a VFW. Maybe they can rotate around to tour the VFW’s, or maybe the Historical Society would like to take care of them. I don’t know. But I know I have to get this project done. The rest will come together.
Do you have any contacts in the veteran world? Some people have contacted me but nothing concrete has surfaced. Except for one woman who contacted me on Facebook to tell me about her grandfather who turns 90 on January 2nd , who served at Iwo Jima, Guadalcanal, and Okinawa in the Pacific theater during WWII, and how important she felt it was for him to be involved.
I have just begun my search and any help my readers can give in locating veterans would be highly appreciated. I will also shoot veterans that are not of the WWII/Korea/Vietnam era. I am just focusing on them due to the fact that our WWII veterans most likely will be gone in ten years, and our Korean vets in 20.