Showing posts with label Memorial Day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Memorial Day. Show all posts

Monday, May 29, 2017

The Call Of Freedom ...

“Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans, born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage, and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.
 Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

        ~ from the inspiring Inaugural Address of
           President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
                    ~ 1917-1963
               35th President of the
             United States of America
                      ~ 1960-1963
                & U.S. Navy veteran

It was wonderful to photographic a majestic American Bald Eagle for the first time as it’s perched in the late day sunlight along the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L Trail) at Lehigh Gap, Slatington, Pennsylvania over the Memorial Day weekend 2017 – and a few days before the centennial of the birthday of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Perched in the shadow of the Kittatinny Ridge, also called Blue Mountain, the eagle was apparently disturbed by a very loud crow nearby – and emitted a call to let the crow know! I was blessed to spend 15 minutes photographing the eagle, during which time the crow flew away.

The bald eagle is both the national bird and national animal of the United States. The bald eagle appears on our nation’s seal. In the late 20th century it was on the brink of extirpation in the contiguous United States. Populations have since recovered and the species was removed from the U.S. government’s list of endangered species on July 12, 1995 and transferred to the list of threatened species. It was removed from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in the lower 48 states on June 28, 2007.

The Lehigh Gap is a crossroads where the Lehigh Gap Nature Center’s trails connect two historic trails – the Appalachian Trail and the D&L Trail.

The Appalachian Trail, a foot path, follows the ridge on both sides of the Lehigh Gap, running 1,245 miles south to Georgia and 930 miles north to Maine. Running from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol, the D&L Trail passes through the Lehigh and Delaware rivers and their canals in Pennsylvania.

Background texture by Jai Johnson added for artistic effect.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Freedom By The Morning Light ...

"This land will remain
the land of the free
Only so long as it is
the home of the brave."
                          ~ Elmer Davis
                                        ~ 1890-1958

May is the month we celebrate Armed Forces Day & Memorial Day, the perfect time to express deep gratitude to our nation's veterans. By your bravery and courage we remain the land of the free!

Here Old Glory waves proudly on a bright and breezy April morning at Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania. 

Friday, May 30, 2014

All You Need Is Love ...

"... All you need is love, love
Love is all you need."
                           ~ Lennon & McCartney

You can just hear the Beatles singing their great song
when seeing the simple joys of childhood
and family love in focus in this candid shot
 on Memorial Day at Wehr's Dam, Orefield, Pennsylvania. 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Grand Old Flag...

"You're the emblem of the land I love,
the home of the free and the brave ..."
                           ~ "You're A Grand Old Flag,"  ~ George M. Cohan

Old Glory waves proudly in the wind in the May breeze
at Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania.  

With honor and gratitude on Memorial Day to those members of 
the armed forces who died serving our great country. 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

... And The Home Of The Brave

In honor and thanks this Memorial Day  to all who gave their lives so that we may be free.