Monday, January 19, 2015

WHAT IF DR. KING HADN'T BEEN ASSASSINATED? WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO HIM TODAY?

It's easy to ask "WHAT IF!" What if Martin Luther King Jr. was still alive? If he was never assassinated?  This is the focus of my annual blog on Martin Luther King Jr's holiday.  I traveled to 3 communities in Southern California today, to chat with people and visualize their thoughts. From Burbank to South Los Angeles and finally Calabasas.

  I asked strangers to write down either one question they would ask Dr. King if he was alive today, or share one thought they would like to share with the Civil Rights Leader.

Here are the questions people would like to pose to Dr. King...










In case you didn't know, Stevie Wonder was instrumental in the campaign to have the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. become a national holiday.  Wonder used his song "Happy Birthday to You", written for Dr. King, to keep the movement for a national holiday center stage.  In 1981 then President Ronald Reagan approved the creation of the holiday. 





These next images,  represents the  8 people who said "no thanks I have nothing to ask or tell Martin Luther King Jr."



There were 4 people from outside of the United States, whose answers surprised me.


 This next mom from Nigeria said she was too shy to be photographed close up, but that I could show her comment with her in the background.
From the King Day Parade in South Los Angeles


 to a popular hang out in Burbank, 


I found many individuals who would love the opportunity to share their hearts with Dr. King.
















Of all the questions and comments, one in particular bears repeating.

             Always remember your thoughts hold great significance! 

To all the wonderful people who agreed to let Debra Snell Photography share your thoughts, a big Thank You!! See you in 2016 for our next MLK Day chat. 

As I leave, I do so with one of my favorite quotes from Martin Luther King Jr.









































Saturday, November 15, 2014

HONORING THE (SOLDEIRS)THAT MAKE THE STARS AND STRIPS GLEAM BRIGHTLY. (VETERANS DAY TRIBUTE)

HONORING THE (SOLDEIRS) THAT MAKE THE STARS AND STRIPS GLEAM        BRIGHTLY. (VETERANS DAY TRIBUTE)
With all the military in my family,  the years of covering Memorial and Veterans Day events as a TV journalist, I've been to countless ceremonies honoring U.S, Soldiers.  But this week I was drawn to Covina California for the "Field of Valor" display create by the Covina Rotary Club. 






2000 life size Red, White and Blues flags, that stood at attention as if they were soldiers. 




 In fact if you took a closer look, you realized these flags were representing soldiers, is such a meaningful way.


The flags were dedicated to Veterans like James Allen Taylor.

 Their photos and stories attached with a simple yellow ribbon.  


There were also thanks you notes to soldiers like Marine Harold Gonsalves who received a Medal of Honor for his bravery. 


 As people wandered through the sea of Old Glory, they would stop and read about these Hero's.  




You could feel the pride as others stopped to take pictures with these personalized patriotic banners.



The ceremony on the same field, attracted many Veterans from all branches of the Military.  They came decorated to recognize their service and those absent. 



 To pray, 



remember,



to protect,

and celebrate what it is to be a Soldier, Trooper, Marine, Pilot, Cadet, GI, Soldier-At Arms, Commanding officer and Military Working dog. 


Gunnar served in Afghanistan along side his human partner.  This deployed dog injured in battle, made it home with his soldier, who asked not to be photographed. 


On the other hand, Wally a feisty 84 year old Marine Veteran was happy that I wanted to take his picture. 

Especially proud because he can still wear his military issued jacket. 

Three generations of Wally's family were here to celebrate soldiers on Veterans Day.  

The color guard had many moments in the spot light, even after march of honor was done. 




 But still it was the row after row of flags waving in the breeze,



  that seem to touch all of us with such deep patriotic pride.  Especially because these symbols of our country represent so many wonderful people. 


 Lives we got a small glimpse of this Veterans Day.




Happy Veterans Day to all Veterans of the United States and their families from Debra Snell Photography, and Thank You for your unselfish service.