Memorial Day

I have begun to upload some of the images that I took while in Iraq for editorial use and as I go through them, even after being home since November, it seems like only yesterday I faced IED laiden roads and intermittent rocket attacks on our forward operating base. It has been therapeutic for me to go back and look through the images so I can kind of let it go and look forward, realizing that I made it through relatively unscathed. Some of my fellow soldiers were not so fortunate.

This Memorial Day I am making a vow to all my fellow comrades who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan that I will not allow their memory to be forgotten. I will use my photography to keep that memory alive. Even when there is only one OIF veteran alive (just like there is currently only one surviving WWI veteran), I am sure that people will always remember that brave men and women volunteered to fight for what they know is right and to support one another in some very dire straights.

Thanks to all the veterans that served before me and set a high standard of bravery, valor, and discipline that has made the US Army as successful as it has ever been. It is not due to technology, its due to guts. Without the example of men like 2LT Audie Murphy and MSG Shugart or MSG Gordon, our Army of volunteers would be lost.

Photo credits: Jason Schulz.

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Thank You Jay and all the other men and Women who serve and sacrifice for the rest of us!.
God Bless you ALL! John.


great blog jay, great to see you post. if anyone can do this you can!


Well said Jay. I do honor those who have served and especially to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for there country. Your photos will live on forever as a tribute.


I know I've said to you before, Jay, in another blog. But, it can NEVER be said enough, no matter how we try. Thank you so much for your service to our country, and your family's sacrifices along the way. And to all of you reading this blog who have or still are serving, in any capacity, THANK YOU, TOO! My heart is full of gratitude for patriots such as you. God bless!


Great images! Your words are very inspirational. My son just returned from his 2nd tour over there and I do understand the sacrifices. God bless and Thank you for your service and dedication. Good luck with your future sales.

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