Army Sgt. John L.D. Hopkins died in a Confederate POW camp in 1865, two months before the end of the American Civil War. Twin brothers Bob and Frank Freitas were drafted together into the Army in 1951 and were deployed to Korea. And in 1965, Robert Paul Dionne was the first from Manchester to be killed in action in Vietnam.
These are just a few of the stories of the United States veterans whose faces define these pages, a different and very real heart and story behind each face.
Many of us cannot even begin to guess what their experiences entailed. What they were feeling when they first realized they would be enlisting, the specific memories they can still recall from their training, the life lessons learned during their service, that one line from their comrade that has stuck with them to this day, the blessings and the hurts.
This collection of photos, submitted by our readers, is a tribute to active duty military personnel, veterans — whether present in body or spirit — their family members, the sacrifices each has made, and their willingness to share just a snapshot of their service.
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John’s gospel). To all those who have served, demonstrating unnatural selflessness and courage in the fight for justice, unity and freedom: Thank you.
God bless our Blue, Silver and Gold Star families. God bless our active duty military personnel and our veterans. God bless America.
— Olivia Touba, Veterans Editor
Images are sorted alphabetically by title.