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Many Heroes

Many Heroes

John Frederick Hale, 1920–1996, in flight gear in 1943

My dad was my hero, of course, but growing up in a military family, I learned that all the dads were the same, and that meant a certain kind of life for all of us in the family. My father’s brother, uncle, and cousin were also military men, and his cousin lost his life in a plane over France in 1944. Though our family did not have to endure long deployments during wartime as the current military families do, there were plenty of scary times and a certain constant anxiety to military life during the Cold War—the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the U-2 spy plane incident all happened in a short several-year period, followed by Vietnam. My sympathies were taken by the anti-war sentiment of the time, setting me up for conflict within my family, no doubt reminiscent of the conflicts faced by my Quaker forebears whose religious beliefs kept them from participation in the military. It was a paradox in my life that I have struggled with to this day.

I recognize also the heroes who were our country’s early settlers—farmers, tradesmen, and skilled workers whose contributions to the development of this nation and its government cannot be discounted. My ancestors were all people from some other country, who decided to put their trust and the lives of their families and successors in our developing democracy, and often gave their lives and their bodies to ensure the success of that dream. Many of them served in the military, and others served in different ways.

Despite my misgivings over the military conflicts our country has entered into, I recognize the sacrifices made by all our soldiers and their families, and respect their contributions to the ideals of preserving democracy, ensuring civil rights, and giving humanitarian aid to the people of other countries engaged in political, religious, and racial struggles of their own. They are all heroes in my eyes.

I used the kits by Digilicious Designs: Always and Forever, and Allegro, with some elements from the Studio collab Blueberry Picnic. The alpha/titling is my own.

Fonts Bambi Bold, Honey Script


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theStudio Designer
Very touching and honest page. You've done a wonderful thing recording your feelings, and in such a beautiful LO
#1 Tue May 31, 2011 06:23


theStudio Artist
Wonderful journalling and LO Dona. Good luck in the contest.
#2 Tue May 31, 2011 06:33


theStudio Owner
I love the cementary background image. This is beautiful. I really enjoy the journaling. I feel like I'm getting a wonderful dose of history this week. What a blessing. Thank you!

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#3 Tue May 31, 2011 07:25

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theStudio Designer
It is so fun to see these older pictures, including this one. What a wonderful layout you designed! I really appreciate and respect when pages include journaling that expresses how we really feel and not just the "feel good" words. Great job!
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#4 Tue May 31, 2011 08:38


theStudio Moderator
Very poignant and personal page. LOVE the back blended photo! Great job!
#5 Tue May 31, 2011 10:11


theStudio Artist
What a beautiful page! Love the journaling.

#6 Tue May 31, 2011 12:11


theStudio Monet
Such a peaceful page, although it talks about your own misgivings about wars and international crises. The layout is first class.
#7 Tue May 31, 2011 16:41


theStudio Artist
Lovely layout. The background is great. The photo of your Dad reminds me of the "code talkers" of the wars.
#8 Tue May 31, 2011 17:28


theStudio Monet
gorgeous composition. love the rose. fabulous layout.
For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone. ~ Audrey Hepburn

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#9 Tue May 31, 2011 17:56


theStudio Picasso
Beautiful page - the color and softness of it reflect your inner most conflicts.

#10 Tue May 31, 2011 23:57


theStudio CT
The cemetery background is gorgeous and peaceful. Wonderful photo of your dad, and I love the history you included in your journaling. Great job!

#11 Wed June 1, 2011 07:41


theStudio Artist
Your layout is truly stunning! I love you background and your heartfelt journaling.
#12 Thu June 2, 2011 13:34


theStudio Monet
I love this page, especially your journaling!
#13 Thu June 2, 2011 20:28


theStudio Monet
Fantastic job - it is hard to be supportive of the ones who fight when the cause may not not be the one we believe in. However, it is the men and women we support, not the cause. You've done a wonderful job on this layout.
Rhonda J Johnson

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#14 Thu June 2, 2011 21:51


theStudio Picasso
Wow, great journaling here! We certainly do have many heroes who've paved the way for our freedoms today and you've honored them beautifully with this layout.
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#15 Fri June 3, 2011 22:04


theStudio Designer
Wonderful journaling and a beautiful layout!


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#16 Sat June 4, 2011 02:05


theStudio Monet
Congratulations on moving into round 2! I think your layout moved me the most of all the ones I read.
#17 Mon June 6, 2011 06:37

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