STOCKTON – A Miracle Mile photo shop is offering free portraits to U.S. servicemen and women and veterans.
“I am offering a studio portrait of either a serviceman or woman alone or with immediate family – husband, wife, kids, parents or grandparents,” said Gluskin’s Photo owner Jonnee Bardo.
“Each day when I set out the flag or I bring it in at night I’m reminded of those serving our country, some paying the ultimate price for my freedom,” said Bardo. “Doing this is my way of saying ‘thank you’ to those in (military) service. Reality of active duty is sobering.
“I was watching the news showing a group of young military personnel returning home on leave at Christmastime when the idea hit,” she said. “At some point these young people will return to the battlefield. While not a pleasant thought, some won’t return. Photographs and memories will be all that’s left. I want to be a part of providing a lasting memory, handed down from generation to generation, of those who sacrifice for me.”
Bardo’s brother, two uncles and father-in-law all were in military service.
“We make copies and do restorations of photographs taken in World War II, Korea and Vietnam,” said Bardo, “and I see how much those pictures mean to the family left behind. Some are blurry and almost beyond recognition, but the image is of a loved one and that’s what matters.”
Gluskin’s “Portraits for Patriots” includes a free mini-portrait session, including an 8 by 10 print, valued at about $50. There is no obligation to buy more prints, however, additional prints would be available at the store’s everyday prices. All they have to do is provide proof of service.
Bardo said she originally had planned to offer the deal to active duty personnel only, but working with veterans groups to raise money for the Fourth of July Parade convinced her to open it up to veterans, as well.
Call Gluskin’s Photo at 447-5566 to arrange an appointment from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Gluskin’s is at 2113 Pacific Ave. in Stockton. The offer is good through September, said Bardo.