Family, Photography, Travel

Thank you for your service.

I know, I know. I keep saying it. I’m sorry for the lapse in blogging. This time, it’s been a whopping two weeks. I’m pretty sure I’ve never gone that long, but I’ve been CRAZY busy! Life has been filled with lots of work (portrait sessions and my last two weddings of the year), activities with my kiddos, and family life. My sister-in-law is also visiting this weekend, and we’re having a blast catching up and playing with the kids. I have a lot of posts in the works and promise that regular posting will resume promptly!

But, if you know me, you know that I never miss a chance to celebrate Veterans Day and honor our amazing US Military, because my dad is a Vietnam Veteran and a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army. As a soldier in Vietnam, he served as both a combat photographer and also helped run the Armed Forces Vietnam Network which provided news and entertainment to all of the soldiers serving “From the Delta to the DMZ.”

This year, we took a family trip to Washington, DC. I still haven’t had a chance to share all of the photos I took from that vacation, but I wanted to share these images with you all considering that it’s Veterans Day.

These are the photos that I captured of my father and other Vets visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and paying respect to those who did not return home.

To my dad, Peter Berlin, and all of my friends who currently serve in the military, thank you for your service!

Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC © 2013 Karen Ziemkowski | Bright Autumn Sun | siren.org

Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC © 2013 Karen Ziemkowski | Bright Autumn Sun | siren.org

Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC © 2013 Karen Ziemkowski | Bright Autumn Sun | siren.org

Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC © 2013 Karen Ziemkowski | Bright Autumn Sun | siren.org

My dad, Peter Berlin, with his friend and fellow combat photographer/photojournalist Al Rockoff:

Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC © 2013 Karen Ziemkowski | Bright Autumn Sun | siren.org

Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC © 2013 Karen Ziemkowski | Bright Autumn Sun | siren.org

My parents in front of the wall:

Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC © 2013 Karen Ziemkowski | Bright Autumn Sun | siren.org

Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC © 2013 Karen Ziemkowski | Bright Autumn Sun | siren.org

A veteran doing a rubbing on the wall:

Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC © 2013 Karen Ziemkowski | Bright Autumn Sun | siren.org

Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC © 2013 Karen Ziemkowski | Bright Autumn Sun | siren.org

There were so many people gathered at the wall:

Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC © 2013 Karen Ziemkowski | Bright Autumn Sun | siren.org

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