While visiting my uncle in Illinois this past June, he took us behind his church to this giant open field that was filled with crosses.  Each one was crafted especially for this memorial.

6,438 crosses planted in the ground to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives protecting my freedom during the modern “war on terror” campaign.  As you stand at the corner of the memorial and survey each one, you cannot help but be overcome by the moment.  Each cross is someone's father, mother, son, daughter, brother or sister.

Sr Airman J. Yeiner was someone's child.

“There's no tragedy in life like the death of a child. Things never get back to the way they were.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower

Our service men and women represented at this memorial may be gone from this earth, but they are not forgotten.

(Shot in Freeport, Illinois – June, 2012 — Canon 5D/2 | 16mm f/2.8 @ 1/2500 | ISO 100)

[This post is part of the Here Lies blog series.]

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