Wednesday, December 31, 2008


I remember when I saw this sign, I could feel my stomach drop. I was hoping it wasn't bad news, but I had a idea I knew what it meant.

I am not sure why I am including this in my favorite pictures, its certainly not my favorite. I didn't know Spc. Jonathan Emard. I didn't know his family.

Maybe it's the sacrifice he made for people he didn't know, so they could live free and try to live a peaceful life. Maybe it was the way the town came together to honor his life and service. Maybe it's the hope that we don't have to do this again.

I can't imagine what his family went through this year. But, I am sure JD Emard is in a better place. I hope everyone has a safe New Years Eve, and takes the time to remember the people who are no longer here.

If you have a few minutes, please take the time to view the you tube slide shows created by others. The song in the first slide show is also at the bottom of my page. If Heaven Was Needing A Hero. I never heard the song until I listened to it on the you tube clip.


Olivier said...

beau choix, très émouvant et un bel hommage. Une belle et heureuse année 2009, avec plus de Paix....
nice choice, very emotional and a nice homage. A nice and happy year of 2009, with more Peaces....

Small City Scenes said...

Enlightening and heartbreaking.

Peace in the New Year. MB

Abraham Lincoln said...

Excellent post.

I don't have a lot to say about last year or this new year. Some thoughts...

I hope 2009 will be better than 2008, 2007, and 2006. I do think our government will be inspired by our new President Obama -- at least I hope so.

I would like to see the War in Irag end and I would like to see the killing stop everywhere.

It is my hope that Japan will stop slaughtering whales and raping virgin forests.

And I hope the people will lose their clubs and no longer club baby seals to death.

What a world we have and live in. 2009 could be so much better than it will be.

Tanya said...

I like this one alot too Jim. Very moving.

Have a safe and Happy New Years!

Curly said...

I hope you don't mind me taking the easy route by copying and pasting this comment, it is by far the easiest method of getting my message to so many CDP photobloggers.
I am not sure that I can sustain South Shields Daily Photo much longer, it is so difficult to keep finding new material on a daily basis,
and after more than two years inspiration and motivation are becoming harder to find, so I may become less daily from time to time.
I hope you can find new hope and inspiration, and that a new start in 2009 brings everything that you desire.
The CDP photoblogging community has grown massively over the past year and I'd like to thank those who have visited South Shields Daily Photo, especially those who have been kind enough to leave a comment or two.
Best wishes for 2008




South Shields Daily Photo

Boise Diva said...

A toast to you and all the work you do for your CDP - Happy New Year!

brian said...

an excellent choice for one of the top photos! well, 3 of your top 5 have been night photos so far - looking forward to seeing if #1 will be a night photo also =)

AVCR8TEUR said...

Happy New Year to you and your family. It is a heartbreaking photo and it's been a bad year news-wise all around.

Neva said...

Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. A very poignant post...thanks for sharing.....

Buck said...

Well said.

Spc Emard was with the 10th Mountain Division, based in Watertown, NY. My wife's family comes from there; we have strong feelings for all the servicemen based there.

Hoping 2009 will be more peaceful everywhere than 2008.

Betty Flocken said...

What a sad tragedy. He's younger than my youngest. So much pain in his loss to so many people. I love the song