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Old 11-11-2007, 04:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, I got this idea from a guitar forum I visit. The basic idea is to post pictures that you find meaningfull, moving, inspirational, etc. These are some of my favorites.

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Such a horrible day. Columbine.


9/11.


This guy is one of my heroes. To have the courage to stand up as a single person to this type of force is amazing.





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After completing their 200 metre race on the evening of October 17, 1968, American athlete Smith, who won the race in a then world record time of 19.83 seconds, with Australia's Peter Norman second with a time of 20.06 seconds and American Carlos in third place with a time of 20.10 seconds, went to collect their medals at the podium. The two American athletes received their medals shoeless, but wearing black socks, to represent black poverty. [1] Smith wore a black scarf around his neck to represent black pride [2] and Carlos wore a string of beads, to commemorate black people who had been lynched.[3] All three athletes wore OPHR (Olympic Project for Human Rights) badges, after Norman expressed sympathy with their ideals. Carlos had forgotten his black gloves, but Norman suggested that they share Smith's pair, with Smith wearing the right glove and Carlos the left. When the Star Spangled Banner played, Smith and Carlos delivered the salute with heads bowed, a gesture which became front page news around the world. As they left the podium they were booed by the crowd.[4] Smith later said "If I win, I am American, not a black American. But if I did something bad, then they would say I am a Negro. We are black and we are proud of being black. Black America will understand what we did tonight."
The burning monk.





This last one is very difficult for me personally. This was posted by a member on the other forum. It honestly brings tears to my eyes.

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Right so these are two pictures that choke me up whenever I see them.

This is my friend Steve, saying bye to his brother, who's off to Iraq.



And this is my same friend months later, at his brother's funeral. Saying bye for the last time.



These pictures probrably won't have the same effect on you guys that they do on me, but they are still very powerful.
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I'm going to leave this thread for now...if any flaming starts happening, it gets deleted.

As for the last two pics, that is incredibly touching. I'm lucky to have friends who havn't been sent overseas, and that makes me so thankful for what I do have, and I will always cherish it.
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I'm going to leave this thread for now...if any flaming starts happening, it gets deleted.

As for the last two pics, that is incredibly touching. I'm lucky to have friends who havn't been sent overseas, and that makes me so thankful for what I do have, and I will always cherish it.
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The last two pics really were like a mental bomb to me. My project for the week is to go up to my family, my friends, my teachers and my mentors, and then hug them and say "Thank you".
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Old 11-12-2007, 10:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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it's amazing the impact pictures can have, they really can say 1,000 words. I have had and do have friends in Iraq and Afghanistan, and no matter what your opinion on the war is, just support these guys and girls, and support their families. These soldiers are giving their lives to protect our freedom, and that deserves respect that is almost impossible to comprehend. Luckily all of my friends have returned safe and sound, and my friend Colin is still safe in South Western Iraq, so I'm not sure what it's like to lose someone close to me due to war, but just keep these guys in your prayers.
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it's amazing the impact pictures can have, they really can say 1,000 words. I have had and do have friends in Iraq and Afghanistan, and no matter what your opinion on the war is, just support these guys and girls, and support their families. These soldiers are giving their lives to protect our freedom, and that deserves respect that is almost impossible to comprehend. Luckily all of my friends have returned safe and sound, and my friend Colin is still safe in South Western Iraq, so I'm not sure what it's like to lose someone close to me due to war, but just keep these guys in your prayers.

Hell yeah. Always support our troops, even if you don't agree what they're fighting for. It's not their choice of what they fight for. They must do as they are told to do.
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can you give some basic info on that burning monk picture. i have
an idea on what its about but i'd like to know more. those pictures
are really touching. i had a close cousin of mine(lived with me for
15 years) go off to iraq. luckily hes back and doing well. one of
the most influential people in my life hands down.
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Ha thượng Thch Quảng ức (helpinfo)[a] (IPA: [tʰic wɐːŋ dɨk]; (born Lm Văn Tức in 1897 died June 11, 1963) was a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk who burned himself to death at a busy Saigon road intersection on June 11, 1963. Thich Quang Duc was protesting the persecution of Buddhists by South Vietnam's Ngo Dinh Diem administration. Photos of his self-immolation were circulated widely across the world and brought attention to the policies of the Diem regime. Malcolm Browne won a Pulitzer Prize for his iconic photo of the monk's death, as did David Halberstam for his written account. After his death, his body was re-cremated, but his heart remained intact. This was interpreted as a symbol of compassion and led Buddhists to revere him as a bodhisattva, heightening the impact of his death on the public psyche.
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its kinda weird, but i have tried to think of emotive images and i can think of none.

what strikes me a being profoundly memorable however, are sounds.

there is something so visceral about the noises of 9-11; the sound of the first jet soaring in and the stunned disbelief, gasps and statements of shock.

then the second jet exploding, with the accompanyment of screams and terror as the debris rained down.

it is not anger, or saddness or anything that i can describe, but there is a distinct reaction within me, whenever i hear the sound track. i guess the best description is one of 'an upwelling of empathy'.

this is by no means exclusive to 9-11, but it is the most prominent example in my mind.

funny that pictures are supposedly worth a thousand words.....
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I was there 3blocks away on 9/11...I went to school at Pace University which is on Park Row just south of where the towers used to be. One of the worst and weirdest days of my life. It's still hard to look at that picture as fortunately I wasn't able to see it actually happen but heard the first impact which actually woke me up and then as they shuffled us out of our dorm and down to the street for evacuation the second plane hit. completely surreal
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yar. i had a friend of a friend who worked in the towers. and a buddy from TOS worked in a building opposite the WTC and was out on the street enjoying his morning coffee with a colleague when it happened... he made me laff when he said he thought he was watching a movie being made. as you say, surreal!
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