Saturday, September 10, 2005

Passing of a hero

Jack is a good friend from work and guitar lessons, who lost his father this week. Russell was a Army Ranger, special operations helicopter pilot, later medivac pilot, and was diagnosed with cancer as he made a late career switch to medical school. I had been told several times that Russell was Jack's hero.
"Okay," I thought, "but every father is their son's hero."
At the memorial service, though, as grown men spoke of Russell, I realized Jack was not the only one who looked up to his father. Russell was simply an extraordinary man who had a huge impact in the lives of people he worked and served with.
It is very tough for Jack - goodness, it was tough for me just to watch. But I can't imagine a better inheritance of patriotism, godliness, and honor.

Jack and Gen. Brown


Blogger Myself said...

Funerals are one of those situations where the ethics of photography come into play. It's not polite, in our society, to poke a camera right into the middle of someone's grief.
But twelve years later, I wonder what my father's funeral looked like. And I think these and several other pictures will be very meaningful to Jack down the road.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What touching photos - you are right that these will mean alot to Jack. You don't have to be in a foreign country to take pictures of substance. Thank for sharing these.

Anonymous susan b. said...

a beautiful tribute. I'm so sorry for your loss.


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