Memorial Day


I read an article not too long ago about the affects of the war in Iraq on friends and family. The writer detailed the pain of missing phone calls and weeks of non-communication, which takes the biggest toll on those here in America waiting for their loved ones to return.

One of things that stuck out most to me was the notion of connectivity—by this I mean having a physical connection to the brave souls of the armed forces. The writer made a distinction between people who personally know someone abroad, versus people who don’t. Those who feel the ache of war pain are those who have touched, smelled, or hugged someone who is away protecting the United States of America.

I may not agree with war—or truly feel like the government is fully disclosing its intentions—but I do know there are thousands of men and women who dutifully fight for the freedoms and luxuries I have today. And while Memorial Day celebrates those who have served this country, I want to thank a couple people who are serving in Iraq today. These are people who I’ve touched, smelled, and hugged in the last few months…people who make me appreciate my country…people I want back home soon.

I photographed Tracy a couple months ago and I can’t wait for her and Alex to reunite!

Some of you may recognize this handsome fellow from a post a couple weeks ago. Jared is serving in Iraq and I can’t wait for him to be back in Jamie’s arms!

Happy Memorial Day!

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  1. Gena McMillan

    May 26th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    This is so true. My dear friend’s Cory and Lorna boh served in Iraq last year and this year I have the honor of photographing their wedding. Not to mention that they met and fell in love while serving our country! Thanks to all our Soliders, and Marines….ALL OUR ARMED SERVICES.

  2. Chantal

    May 26th, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    my husband is currently deployed on his 2nd tour in Iraq. No one can truly understand what it’s like to have their spouse, their soulmate, their best friend in the universe gone for so long fighting this war, unless they’ve had that first hand experience. The media doesn’t cover it enough. The impact on families is immeasurable, and the effects linger for weeks, months and years after the soldier returns. My husband is missing another full year in our childrens’ lives, which, in their eyes and mine, is an eternity. We can’t help but ask why.

    Thanks for this post, Jasmine. It’s comforting to know that people haven’t forgotten those that are STILL over in Iraq, those who go back again and again, and those who are left behind.

  3. Carrie Hoener

    May 26th, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Thanks so much for recognizing the men and women in the Armed Forces. My husband has been over there twice since it all started and missed our daughter’s birth because of it. I do not agree with the war or our govts intentions either, but support my husband and all our soldiers and sailors. I am proud and honored to be a military wife.

  4. Katie Trujillo

    May 26th, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    Thank you for remembering our military members no matter what your views on the war are. My husband is in the Navy and on a submarine. Although he doesn’t go over to Iraq, he is currently deployed on missions that he can’t even tell anyone about, for 4-6 months at a time. A lot of the time we don’t even hear from him for months. It is especially hard on the little ones they leave behind. I have a 6, 4 and 10 month old who cannot grasp the concept of time, so they just know their daddy has been gone a very long time. We have military men and women all over the world away from their families, serving just as you said, to allow us to enjoy freedoms we have here and don’t even have to think about. I just love your heart Jasmine! Thanks!

  5. Simply Modern Weddings

    May 26th, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    What an inspiring post for today’s Memorial Day as we honor those who are serving our country!

  6. Shannon Post

    May 26th, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Great post today! I served in the military as did my husband (at the time). He missed our first daughter’s birth as well as almost the whole pregnancy and her first two weeks of life. You can’t get those things back. He missed a lot of my second daughter’s first two years of live (two 6 month deployments). We did not have email then and we barely ever got to talk. Cell phones were expensive and the missed phone calls (dang, why did I have to go to the store just then?) were frustrating and depressing. I feel so much for the families that are still going through this. My daughter’s father still flies for the Navy and they still spend a lot of time away from him. The great people that server our country through the military do not get enough thanks and definitely not enough pay! My heart breaks when I hear about the psychological issues these soldiers live the rest of their lives with after serving. If you ever meet a wife or husband of someone on deployment, don’t wait for them to ask you for help – just do it. Babysit their kids, cook them a meal, go to their house and share a glass of wine with them and let them unwind. It’s the least we can do!

  7. gwyneth colleen

    May 26th, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    mine’s gettin’ ready to leave…in about a week and a half…my heart already hurts! but i get to see him soon…haha, i talked shyla’s ear off about it this weekend. and she, in turn, told me how much she loves her jazzy.

    anyway, i appreciate it when people acknowledge how freaking hard it is to have some important gone for long periods of time.

  8. Cathy Crawley

    May 27th, 2008 at 12:04 am

    My husband did 3 trips to ‘The Gulf’ with the Australian Navy. We were only dating at that time, but madly in love and it was very hard not being able to talk to him on a daily basis, we only got to talk to each other every 4-5 weeks. So mail was everything, I sent a card every week expressing my love for him and we communicated through email which was at best intermittent. When he came home he proposed on national TV which made all of my Richard Geer/Deborah Winger Officer and a Gentlemen fantasy’s come true and made us front page news! 😉

  9. Cynthia

    May 27th, 2008 at 12:36 am

    Thank you for this post….for the past decade I have been in love with an Airforce man & I can relate to missed phone calls & wondering WHY DID I LEAVE THE HOUSE!! When he is away very call and email are a treasure sent from heaven’s gate & it revives my spirits…GO BLUE!

  10. Annie

    May 27th, 2008 at 4:33 am

    My brother is a Navy helicopter pilot going on his first deployment — his ship sails today! Men and women in the armed forces are definitely heroes.

  11. david & kimi b

    May 27th, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    God bless all who serve, and their loved ones. Beautiful post!

  12. Nicole

    May 29th, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    It is such a wonderful thing that these men and women do for our country. My family is truley blessed to have Jared join our family! He will soon be married to my BEAUTIFUL cousin Jamie. We cant wait to spend holidays with someone who has done all he has and will do. We love you guys!