Happy Memorial Day everyone! Though for most of us today simply means BBQs and fireworks, Memorial Day’s original and continued purpose is still a memorial to those who gave their lives fighting in war.
In keeping with that notion, today’s image is a somber one. It is a Civil War era picture, taken sometime between 1861 and 1870, of a young girl wearing mourning dress and holding a picture of her deceased father. One wonders if her inscrutable expression is one of grief or simply a desire to have the portrait session over. In either case, it serves as a reminder of one of the hidden costs of war – those left behind to mourn those who do not return.
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