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Silenced by HonoR by MRBee30 Silenced by HonoR by MRBee30
God saw you were getting tired, and a cure was not meant to be. So he put his arms around you, and whispered come with me. With tearful eyes we watched you, as we saw you pass away. Although we love you deeply, we could not make you stay. Your golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us... He only takes the best.

وهناك كلماتي الأخيرة.
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(c) 2012 Property of, Will Merzlak.
Photograph taken and edited by Me.
5010x3336 Version available only by request.

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Critique by ninjatastic-becca Jun 13, 2012, 1:17:54 PM
The vision is terrific. The picture really pops out. The warm effect the candles give it adds a very nice touch. The badges and pins are placed such that they do not distract from one another, but are still all noticeable. The image is soft and peaceful looking. Job well done on vision. Technique as well, seeing as the lighting is terrific.
The originality strikes me, as well as the impact. It's really nice to see artwork honoring soldiers, whether you knew one personally or not. It makes me proud to see people honoring their country, and they definitely need more recognition.
Overall, the beauty and message behind this image is beautiful. Very well done, definitely deserves a favorite.
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Critique by Citizen9-100 Jun 13, 2012, 5:32:11 PM
Good impact reminding us of all the ones risking their lives for our freedom, to make sure we can sleep soundly at night, 5 stars. I assume vision is something along the lines of what the message they were trying to tell you is. ive seen a couple of "Soldiers die" so I gave that 1/2 a star less. Ive seen several similar close-ups of uniforms. Not enough of them in my opinion. 4 stars. The angle is good,nice touch with the items clearly visible. headgear in back but slightly blurry says to me "I may be gone, but not forgotten." 5 stars. Overall 5 stars in my opinion.
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Dorota97 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Very nice picture
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Enesven Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I Love this, the passage to go along with it is beautiful.
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SoheilDsiwN Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Great shot ...
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ebx1011 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
Mr. Merzlak, would it be possible to purchase this as a larger sized piece to frame ? I'd like to post it in my office also. Your art is a popular discussion piece at work and I am a huge fan.
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Devilchild93 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Wow. That decription is just as amazing as the picture.
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PIECESOFSHIT Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Respect everybody who sacrifice their life in war,sacrifice for their country,their people,...................because war,war never change.
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Ronin201 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
Many things come together to give this photo the deep powerful meaning it does. the lighting, the objects and the text underneath are well done. good job man
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DeathOfATragedy Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A shocking perspective on losing a loved one during wartime. :( You have my most sincere condoleances.
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BENknighted Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"he only takes the best" --- almost made me cry
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deviants-apprentice Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
There's a a lot of great ,military action photos around but this one has a poignancy that makes you remember that for all the excitement and adrenalin the military offers, there's always the darker side we try to forget.

Well done!
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ales-kotnik Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
is this just set up or there was really fallen soldier?
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:iconsmitstop:
smitstop Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012   General Artist
Powerful image. Incredible poem. Unforgettable message. Would like to see MORE of this on DA.
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nxb5 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
i think the piece is more about God only taking the best, not as much about the military part. both are heavy, heavy topics, and i liked the poetry, not too flashy, not too long, just truth.
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:iconkellebass:
kellebass Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow.. I can relate t othis. Amazing capture.
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:iconraeri-chan:
Raeri-Chan Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is amazing and very heartfelt. Great job.
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Sapphire8039 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
good
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:iconbluelightningstrike:
BlueLightningStrike Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
Aaaww.
That's amazing.
Love the picture and everything.
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StrawberryOverlord Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012   General Artist
the poem made me cry a little, the picture is beautiful
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StarlightOrchard Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student General Artist
I've come across this too many times and I think it's about time to favourite this now. :)
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xHARUKEx Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Masterpiece......really stunning...
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:iconjrakob:
Jrakob Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
who wrote the poem?
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BigBadWolfThe Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
as a U.S. soldier serving in korea currently i love seeing this sort of tribute. its really nice to see people who care.
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ChibiOro Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
I love the shadows coming off of the candle - it gives the right amount of light and emotion in the picture. As you couple that with your words, it is simply beautiful. Too often do we go day by day taking things for granted and not pausing to consider what is around us.
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someguysname Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There is no one more honorable than the proud men and women who defend this country and make sure we get to live the lives we do. I'm proud to say I tried to join but didn't make it through basic training. Not many people can say they even made the attempt.
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HelloAthena Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm just going to be a good girl and say That the poem was very emotional, And that the picture must be something very saddening to anyone who has ever lost a loved one because of a war, very nicely done.
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devidoggy87 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The picture is amazing but the poem was what caught my heart. It reminds me of all of those soldiers and cancer patients that left there families it just was so touching
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BreeHale9 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not saying that the photo isn't beautifully taken but its the poem under it that caught my eye. It goes well with your photo. Its very touching.
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SaitouuRyuuji Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
The poem was amazing to describe this picture. I'm speechless when saying that this is awesome, I can't say much more. It really evokes strong emotions. I definitely put my hand to my heart when I saw this.

Amazing job.
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Rainbowhawk1993 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The picture says it all.
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Pliok14 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Your work was featured here [link]
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sahmail2003 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
okay that made me cry
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:iconsteadholder:
Steadholder Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Certainly an emotionally charged shot... Great lighting and everything. Wonderful capture
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DexXor Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It's a good picture. But personally I don't agree with serving in the armed forces nor taking an oath. :)
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Bloodrebel Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing. Truly gives a message.
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Puuronen Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Great, cinematic kind of lighting!
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:iconn1kalas:
n1kalas Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012   Photographer
Amazing shot nice..!
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Ariescis Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
honor????
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:iconpandasez:
pandasez Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Heartbreakingly gorgeous image; the candlelight makes it feel like a vigil. Lovely, lovely work.
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carcaliusca Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
This was a good poem.
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:iconacela:
acela Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Excellent work with such subtle lighting.
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epicprivate Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
You know... when I goto my school, i do everything Im told... I like that we pay our respects to our men and woman of the military, and law enforcement, but i see people that wont stand for the pledge or even say it. Now i think, if you wont even stand or repeat a few words for the people that gave their life's and their freedom just so you can wake up in the morning feeling your safe in your country... Then you have lost my respect and hopefully many others, because you don't deserve that respect...not... one... bit...

but that's just me...
To all the people that served... thank you...
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ReXspec Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Because people don't see the pledge of allegiance as an act of respect... they see such an act as something the along the lines of jingoism. I see the reciting of the pledge of allegiance as an act of respect... not blind jingoism. It's sad that people are too "clever" or "intelligent" to view it as such...
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epicprivate Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
We all have patriotism inside of us, its just the one who take it to far. and get blinded by the thing that are the truth. I love America all of its people, but if you think about it... America did some messed up stuff in the past, and are still doing it today.
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ReXspec Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Student General Artist
No nation is perfect. I've traveled around the world and saw the screwed up things the other nations were capable of. From this experience, I can safely say that we have it rather good here in the U.S. and are thankful that it is as such.
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ThePoptartFreak Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Student
You have literally brought me to tears. I have never looked at a photograph and started crying like I am now. Every person in my family has served in the U.S. Military. This brings back all of the memories of my dad deploying and all of my fears now that my sister is in the service. Fantastic job on this photograph, just incredibly, emotionally fantastic.
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Bladeron Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Thank you.
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SkItTlEsPoP Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
i don't think that anyone could put into words the impact the picture and the poem make. however, everyone can feel it in their hearts exactly what it means
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thefrailgirl Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Student General Artist
beautiful
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LegendaryJD Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very emotional picture. Very powerful image. Good job.
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WolfAiki Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Wow I'm surprised this wasn't a DD
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