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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
The lone ensign

A lone American flag stands watch over the fallen at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. I grew up in a military family and I am a currently serving in the U.S. Navy. When I visited Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, I realized that I had discovered one of the most sacred, solemn and beautiful places on earth. I wanted to capture an image that represented my feelings at the moment: gratitude, respect and deep love of country. Pro Deo Et Patria Commander Eric L. Chitwood, USN

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2019
Date Uploaded: 10.2019
Photo Location: San Diego, California, United States of America
Camera: SM-G955U
Copyright: © Eric Chitwood