The following photos were taken by Steven Roy when he was a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art on Veterans Day 1995 and submitted for one of his photography class projects, arranged around a quote to ponder from East of Eden by John Steinbeck. These photos are shown here as a tribute to all who served, especially those who gave their all for our country, and to those who are currently serving.

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"I'll have you know
that a soldier is the
most holy of all humans   
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because he is the
most tested --
the most tested of all   
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I'll try to tell you.
Look now in all of
history men have been...   
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thaught that killing
of man is an evil
thing not to be countenanced   
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Any man who kills
must be destroyed
because this is a great sin,   
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maybe the worst sin
we know

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And then we take
a soldier...
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and put murder in
his hands and we
say to him,   
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"Use it well
use it wisely"
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We put no
checks on him.
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Go out and kill as many
of a certain kind
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or classification
of your brothers
as you can   
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And we will reward
you for it   
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because it is
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a violation of your
early training"   
Quote to ponder from
East of Eden
by John Steinbeck,
page 24.

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Photos © copyright 1995 Steven Roy . All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.

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