Honoring veterans on Memorial Day during pandemic takes creative thinking

By Updated: May 25, 2020 10:17 AM CT | Published: May 20, 2020 1:02 PM CT
<strong>Korean War veteran Wilbert Coleman, 87, visits the West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery on Monday, May 18.&nbsp;</strong><span><strong>For the first time since the cemetery opened in 1992 at 4000 Forest Hill-Irene Road, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no planned Memorial Day event to honor veterans.</strong>&nbsp;</span>(Karen Pulfer Focht/Special to the Daily Memphian)

Korean War veteran Wilbert Coleman, 87, visits the West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery on Monday, May 18. For the first time since the cemetery opened in 1992 at 4000 Forest Hill-Irene Road, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no planned Memorial Day event to honor veterans. (Karen Pulfer Focht/Special to the Daily Memphian)

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Karen Pulfer Focht

Karen Pulfer Focht is a freelance photojournalist in Memphis and former staff photographer at The Commercial Appeal. She has won numerous awards in her career, many for in-depth projects about children and families in Memphis. Most notably, she was presented with the Society of Professional Journalists' Medallion for Distinguished Service to the American People for her series on infant mortality in Memphis, "Born to Die." Karen was recognized as one of the world's top contemporary photographers by both Magnum and LensCulture in 2017. Her work is regularly published in newspapers and magazines around the world.


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