This is a personal painting filled with significance and emotion. The image was taken from a stack of 2-inch by 3-inch photos brought back from World War II by my father-in-law. My husband and I saw them for the first time a couple months ago. We have been very moved looking at the mysterious photos, wondering what some of them meant and wishing Dad Nelson could tell us the story behind them.
In the actual photo, there is a very distant line of soldiers all the way across. Were they Americans?…or possibly POWs? One of Dad Nelson’s responsibilities at the end of the war was to guard POWs, so maybe that was it. Most of it will remain a mystery to us. Meanwhile, we are filled with a new gratitude for the sacrifices made by so many for our freedoms. And in a small way, I feel like I am giving honor to Dad Nelson through this painting.