Saturday, April 25, 2009

SPH: To Protect And Serve

And where is your "knight in shining armor"?
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"The trouble with putting armor on is that, while it protects you from pain, it also protects you from pleasure." ~ Celeste Holm

The bottom right picture is a set of armor from the Yankee Candle store in Williamsburg, Virginia. This large store is a magical and mysterious place with starlit night skies above in some alcoves and with blue skies and fluffy white clouds floating along the ceiling in others. The other examples are displays in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. I love the shiny armor, colorful flags and the protection for the horses... they are beautiful, but very impractical. Can you imagine wearing that heavy load in the heat of summer, trying to sling heavy swords and other implements.. or even trying to walk in this? And the poor horse... the weight of its own armor plus that of the knight? Brutal. Still the concept makes me long for my knight.... just a little.

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"The government was set to protect man from criminals, and the Constitution was written to protect man from the government." ~ Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

These are two beautiful works of art that adorn the sides of two buildings along the Virginia Beach beachfront. Both represent those everyday heroes who protect our streets and our homes each day. They remind me of that terrible September day when these men rushed into those burning towers while all others were evacuating; never faltering, never wavering... focused on their duty. They paid the ultimate price. These works of art honor these heroes.

Look for other "protection" Saturday Photo Hunt entries at Tennessee Chick.

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