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Memorial Park Photo on U.S. Army's 2012 Photo of the Year List

A photo taken by a former Cupertino resident of her grandson looking at the memorial in the park could become THE photo of the year with lots of "likes" on the U.S. Army website. Instructions on how to "like" it to win are in the art

A tender photo taken in Cupertino’s Memorial Park of a toddler looking up at an inscription of the U.S. Soldier’s Creed is featured among the U.S. Army’s 2012 Photos of the Year and has a chance at being the photo of the year.

Kim Monack, the photographer and former Cupertino resident, says she has no idea what—if anything—she may win, but she wants to win.

At first she didn’t think it would be right if she won since many of the other photos in the running were taken by soldiers.

“I have a heart for soldiers, I need to let one of them win … I don’t want to take anything away from these soldiers in combat,” Monack says. “But then one of my sons said, ‘You’re an Army mom of three, you deserve it, too.’”

Now she wants it, and we can help her get that win.

To vote for Monack and our Memorial Park you need to be signed in to your Facebook or Twitter account and go to http://www.army.mil/yearinphotos/2012/october.html. Scroll down to Monack’s photo, which is the second one down—a black and white photo—and click “like” on the right-hand side under the photo and under where it says “Download Hi-Res”.

Do it before Jan. 31 when voting ends.

The little boy is Monack’s grandson, Eddy Monack, whose father, Franklin, is stationed at Fort Huachuca in Arizona.

Little Eddy, 1-1/2-years-old, and his mom, Trisha, were visiting and joined Kim while she dropped off another son and Army vet, Tommy, a student at De Anza College.

Tommy suggested they visit the memorial in the park, where Kim, an avid photographer, snapped this photo.

Kim Monack attended Garden Gate Elementary School for a few years then her family moved to Sunnyvale and then on to Boulder Creek where she resides now.

“I used to live in the cherry orchard behind Memorial Park, before the memorial was built,” Kim says. “It’s been years since I’ve been there. I have very fond memories of the park before the memorial, just playing there as a child.”

Walking in the park that beautiful day with her family and admiring the memorial there was meaningful to her, she says. She took several photos that day and when she was looking through them later at home, the one of Eddy looking at the inscription struck her.

“The innocence of a child looking at a statement that means so much to so many,” Monack says.

She decided to post the photo on her Facebook account. People started sharing it and it “started going kind of viral”. She sent it to the Army and it started appearing more and more in her Facebook news feed, not because she was posting it, but because others were sharing it.

Being part of an Army family she’s not surprised that she found out by chance that her photo had become part of the 2012 Photo of the Year, and she’s also not surprised that she has no idea what any of it means any way.

The Army’s kind of “vague” with some things, she says with a chuckle.

“People ask me  (if I win) ‘What are you going to get?’ Probably nothing,” she says.

She doesn’t care. Getting people to acknowledge the sacrifice our troops make for us is award enough for her.

Again, here's how to vote, or rather "like" to win: You need to be signed in to your Facebook or Twitter account and go tohttp://www.army.mil/yearinphotos/2012/october.html. Scroll down to Monack’s photo, which is the second one down—a black and white photo—and click “like” on the right-hand side under the photo and under where it says “Download Hi-Res”.

Bob M January 25, 2013 at 06:39 PM
A great photo! A great compliment to Cupertino's Veteran Memorial as well. Now, let's get out the vote!
Gary E. Jones January 25, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Click Here to "Vote:" I'm not sure that is clear. Many have clicked on "Recommend;" but, that goes to Facebook only and is not a "Vote" for the picture: http://www.army.mil/yearinphotos/2012/october.html
Anne Ernst (Editor) January 25, 2013 at 06:55 PM
To vote for it is to "like" it on the Army's website. The how-to is in the article.
Anne Ernst (Editor) January 25, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Exactly right Bob M! And through the compliment to our memorial will come more tribute to our veterans.
Gary E. Jones January 25, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Clicking on "Recommend" above the article is not a "Vote." You need to actually go to the link in the article and scroll down to the photo. Then scroll down to the bottom of the photo, find "Like" in the bottom right corner below the photo and click on that to "vote." "Eddy, son of Spc. Franklin Monack, 2nd Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment, visits the Veteran's Memorial at Memorial Park in Cupertino, Calif., Oct. 3, 2012." It requires a little work; but, is worht the effort.
Gary E. Jones January 25, 2013 at 07:25 PM
It's working Anne; there are now 396 votes for this photo when the others are from 1 to 5 votes. The power of the Patch and your following on Facebook. Social Medai works. Hoorah!
Martha Zwierlein January 25, 2013 at 08:11 PM
A ccess Denied by intermediary. Domain not recognized. This is the error messagebi get going to the link. Not sure how to fix this issue. Is anyone else getting this message?
Gary E. Jones January 25, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Not sure; I had no problem using the link in the article.

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