Memorial Day Tribute in Gilbert, Arizona

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Zion Realty

As people all across America remember those who have given their lives to help secure the freedoms and luxuries we have in this Country I wanted to share a tribute that Josh and I contributed to. I volunteer my time every Wednesday night at Redemption Church here in Gilbert to serve in their student ministries as a mentor for high school girls. One of the young ladies in my youth group was explaining a school project she had to put together for her photography class which involved paying tribute to fallen soldiers and the spouses that were left behind. 

The theme behind the photo was of a grieving military widow at a grave-site but the "ghost" of her husband was to be standing by her side looking over her by using some special photography filtering that they were learning in class. This sounded like a great opportunity to me so I asked Josh if he would also like to be involved and he said he thought it would be great. 

We arranged to meet at a cemetery not far from where I live here in Gilbert and spent about an hour going over her ideas and allowing her to direct us with what her vision was for the photo shoot. She got several nice pictures that day but there was one in particular that stood out among the rest. As a matter of fact, it stood out so much that she entered it in to a Statewide photography competition here in Arizona and won first prize. I've never shared it publicly anywhere before now but today is a perfect day to do just that:

So to all those widows, children, and families that have lost loved ones due to their military service I just want to offer my sincerest condolences. This day represents grief for so many. While millions of Americans will be enjoying their backyard barbeque's, swimming pools, camping trips, and discounted cars and mattresses, the real reason we're here is because of those who fought bravely to give us our freedoms. 


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John Pusa
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Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert Very beautiful photo of you participated in a great project.  Happy Memorial Day!

May 30, 2016 06:32 AM #1
George Souto
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Nicole I hope this was a special and safe Memorial Day for you and your family.

May 30, 2016 07:33 AM #2
Joan Cox
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Nicole, what a heart breaking photo, and definitely a tribute to Memorial Day!   

May 30, 2016 11:45 PM #3
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
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Nicole~You are featured in today's Tuesday Travelogue!

                                             Travellers in the Rain!



May 31, 2016 03:14 AM #4
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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So glad that I did not miss this thanks to Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 .  It says it all.  A

May 31, 2016 03:15 AM #5
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

John - We were happy to do it and so glad it was well received.

George - It was time well spent with family. Thanks George. I hope you had a safe and fun day as well.

Joan - She captured the spirit of the holiday very well!

Gayle - Thank so much Gayle!

Alexandra - It really does. She has a great eye and vision for her photos. It was a pleasure to be a part of this. 

May 31, 2016 03:26 AM #6
Sharon Lee
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Nicole-That picture is the epitome of what Memorial Day represents

May 31, 2016 04:02 AM #7
Tammy Lankford,
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the photo brought tears to my eyes and memories to my heart.  My Aunt remarried after she lost her husband in Vietnam, but I have always carried him in my heart.

May 31, 2016 04:09 AM #8
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert - I missed your original post. I am here from Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 Tuesday Travelouge. WOW. WOW. WOW. That is a powerful photo.  Thank you for sharing. Thank you for all you do in volunteering. 

May 31, 2016 04:54 AM #9
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

WOW! That's a very fine photograph. You captured the grief stricken widow just perfectly and you look forever young and beautiful! 

Although haunting, it's a spectacular photograph!!!

May 31, 2016 04:47 PM #10
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

Sharon - It's not just about mattress sales and hamburgers. This photo is what the holiday is truly about. 

Tammy - I've been lucky in that none of my immediate family has been lost to war. I just can't imagine the grief of getting that notification.

Kathleen - We did that photo shoot last year and there's a few other pictures she gave me that are just as great. Maybe I'll post another one next year. 

Patricia - It was fate that we chose that bench to sit on because, at the time, none of us even noticed the inscription until later. 

Jun 01, 2016 02:10 AM #11
Endre Barath, Jr.
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Wow Nicole if it was not for our friend Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905  I would have missed this post, what a photo....Endre

Jun 02, 2016 03:15 PM #12
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
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Hello Nicole ... 

I know Memorial Day is over but I love your post and photo! Featured to the group:


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