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http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u46409982-o167521180-50.jpg 2018-04-19T11:49:00Z (C) STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY srb@srbphoto.com http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/honor-flight-photos-a-limited-edition HONOR FLIGHT PHOTOS: A LIMITED EDITION

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Honor Flight:  Limited Edition Available June 2018

HONOR FLIGHT--a forty page selection of images from the last twelve years of Honor Flight Network visits will be going to press in the next few weeks.  The new book will contain 4-inch flaps like DC PHOTO BOOKand use the same paper for the cover and insides.  The goal is to provide additional branding to hubs generous enough to give away my books.  Honor Flight has been a life-changer for the 200,000 plus veterans and untold numbers of volunteers.  I hope to enhance those memories and keep them alive in the many homes and families affected so positively by the Honor Flight Network. 
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I will be printing ten thousand DC PHOTO BOOKS and five-thousand will be shrink wrapped together with the new HONOR FLIGHT".  Expect a 10 percent increase ($23.00) in price and ten books to a carton (27 pounds). The DC PHOTO BOOK and the WWII MEMORIAL books will be available separately at $20.  I do not anticipate selling the HONOR FLIGHT book separately from the DC PHOTO BOOK.  
STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY srb@srbphoto.com (C) STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY 2018-04-17T22:58:29Z 2018-04-17T22:58:29Z
http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/honor-flight-april-17-2018 HONOR FLIGHT APRIL 17, 2018

WEEKDAY WARRIORS


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Today there were three hubs in town. All were escorted by the National Park Police. As my cab neared the WWII Memorial, we were stopped by Honor Flight Layfayette Indiana lead by US Park Police Officer Steve Jones--motorman extraordinaire.  The bus drivers and escorts play a delicate and almost acrobatic lunge through town.  Cool to watch and photograph from the front in the bus.  

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US Park Police Motorcycle Officer Larry Holmes is as dazzling a driver but on a quieter motorcycle and cuts a cool profile. He is a regular escort with Honor Flight and this day was escorting Honor Flight Eastern Iowa.  I own a couple of motorcycles and have been riding for fifty years.  Watching these guys handle their bikes is really impressive.  Stay safe!


GOLD STAR MOMS, Layfayette, Indiana

Pam Mow and Dana Hawk have been leading the Gold Star Indiana Honor Flight for ten years. They are doing six flights this year and have made an enormous impact.  The Honor Flight impact extends throughout the family and local area as the experience revitalizes these elderly men and women.  What's not to like?    

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EASTERN IOWA HONOR FLIGHT

Right behind them was Eastern Iowa Honor Flight with Chuck Grassely, a long-time Senator on hand to greet the veterans.  The Marine Corp Drill Team was on hand to do the Honors.  A couple of our DCA  Reagan regulars were escorting Eastern Iowa.  

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TRI-CITY HONOR FLIGHT (Cinncinati)

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STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY srb@srbphoto.com (C) STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY 2018-04-17T22:56:19Z 2018-04-17T22:56:19Z
http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/honor-flight-super-saturday-april-14-2018 HONOR FLIGHT SUPER SATURDAY APRIL 14, 2018

Over ten Honor Flight hubs streamed into Washington this "Super Saturday" for a beautiful breezy day and 80 degree temps. The Cherry Blossoms were in full bloom and the sky was a radiant blue--picture-perfect Washington, DC. You don't have to live here long to know that means heavy traffic. There were five different events scheduled on the Mall and by afternoon, it was near gridlock. Honor Flight is lucky to have the Park Police escorts.

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Dave Nichols and the Allied Airmens Preservation Society staged two jeeps along Homeland Drive enhancing the entry to the Memorial.  Sid Wade arrived having promoted himself to George Patton while John McCaskill and John Liszewski retained the historical persona they've been working with. Theresa Werner, Jenny Nunn Brawley, Kit Stevenson and James Martin and the rest of the dancers formed up the Gottaswing team. Laura Clark and Julz Espensen prepared the lipstick for planting kisses on the cheeks of delighted vets.  The first flight in was Rochester lead by the Keith Gentry and the BWI Brownies.  

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The efforts that the hubs and the ground crew in DC make to honor the Honor Flight Network veterans must qualify it to be the most elegant eldercare program around!  More to come on this lovely day but for the moment...ENJOY!


These are selects from this weekend's Honor Flight and I am isolating them for future print publication.  The raw images can be viewed at the Stephen R. Brown website.  I photographed from ten to two and documented five flights.
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STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY srb@srbphoto.com (C) STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY 2018-04-14T21:00:00Z 2018-04-14T21:00:00Z
http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/honor-flights-april-11-2018 HONOR FLIGHT CHICAGO APRIL 11, 2018

HONOR FLIGHT CHICAGO April 11, 2018

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On Saturdays, I stay at the WWII Memorial but during the week, I've been riding the buses.  Escorted by the Park Police with wailing sirens and seemingly suicidal drives into oncoming cars, these rides fly through traffic to the delight of everyone on board. They come with snacks, friendship and camaraderie.   I try to make images that speak to family and community.  I post them in the hope they are used for personal memories and fund raising. 

 

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I met Honor Flight Chicago at the Air Force Memorial and spent some time greeting the "usual suspects" and their veterans.  We then headed over to the WWII Memorial where the veterans assembled for a group photo and ceremony performed by the Marine Corps Silent Drill Team. 

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Cherry Blossom traffic had gotten bad at this point but with the help of our escorts, we moved on to the Lincoln, Korea and Vietnam Memorials.  The Marine Corps Silent Drill Team did a great job of performing and we retired to the Pavillion for ice cream.  Their next stop was the Air and Space Museum at Dulles and a meal and dancing at the Airport.  Life is good on the Honor Flight Network.  Mary Pettinato quoted one vet: "When I left this morning I was a lonely and tired old man, when I returned this afternoon, I was a proud hero ready to positively spend time with my family and community."

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SO HERE ARE SOME VOLUNTEERS FROM APRIL 11, 2018.  THANK YOU ALL.

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HONOR FLIGHT CHICAGO'S APRIL 11, 2018 FLIGHT SPONSORED BY POPEYES

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STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY srb@srbphoto.com (C) STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY 2018-04-10T14:00:00Z 2018-04-10T14:00:00Z
http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/honor-flight-2018-and-cherry-blossoms Honor Flight April 2018 and Cherry Blossoms

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The Honor Flight season kicked off to a cold but beautiful beginning with the long-awaited Cherry Blossoms in full bloom. I was able to make a few frames without the crowds.  The Mall was in full swing with a cheerleaders, bands, and soccer players around the Washington Monument. Washington is magic in the Spring and the next few weeks are always remarkably beautiful.

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Dave Nichols, George Kerestes, C. Patrick McCourt and Sid Wade were on hand to greet the hubs as they entered the Memorial.  Tourists and a high school band joined the line greeting the veterans and the hubs arrived on time despite the heavy traffic.  Seems everyone has worked out routes to avoid crowding the Memorials.  "Sparky" has a great relationship with the Park Police Escorts who have become a part of the Honor Flight day and help manage traffic along Homeland Drive.  The Rhode Island Fire Chiefs Honor Flight arrived about 10:30.

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Diane Gresse and Jane Julian followed with a "Lone Eagle" (terminally ill) Flight with veterans from as far away as California and Mississippi.  They all gather at the BWI Hilton and take three days to explore the city.  It is amazing that amidst the confusion of transporting all these veterans, Honor Flight has taken the time to care for these veterans who otherwise would not have the opportunity to visit the Memorials.

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Honor Flight Columbus with Carolyn Peppe Barger, Pete MacKenzie and Susan Barr rounded up their veterans at the Wall of Stars to honor a 97 year old veteran who received a flag as their oldest veteran. He proceeded to play his clarinet for the assembly.  These amazing little scenes play out at the Memorial every day.  

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He was only outdone by the Ohio ballet team which were happily spelling Ohio using the Washington Memorial for the "I".  You occasionally see Ohioans on Mall doing this but rarely with the grace displayed here.

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Congratulations to Jerry Kyser of Honor Flight Twin Cities who equipped with a microphone shoehorned 80 veterans in front of the Atlantic Pavillion. His photographer stood on the wall leading up to the pavilion and had all the veterans turn their heads and salute for the picture.  Well-done! I've been "herding cats" for many years and this may be my new favorite view!    

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To close out the day, we joined the Rhode Island Fire Chiefs for an early dinner at the Westin Hotel in Alexandria.  They had a banquet for their veterans and everyone got a certificate and in a time-honored tradition, "mail call" was held and with that there are always tears. We were joined by the DCA Honor Flight's Patricia Harris.  Their group does an amazing job scheduling bands, travelers and local Washingtonians at the airport.  The Park Police escorts and bus drivers were at also at dinner and were recognized as part of the family.  No man left behind! 

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STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY srb@srbphoto.com (C) STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY 2018-03-01T15:30:00Z 2018-03-01T15:30:00Z
http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/dc-photo-book-third-edition DC PHOTO BOOK: THIRD EDITION

 

It was a great treat to heft the weight of the new DC PHOTO BOOK.  At 160 pages and forty new pages of new memorials and monuments, it could easily have been subtitled: "A Veterans Guide to Washington, DC"..  The book will be distributed through the studio and through Honor Flight hubs.  With the transition from WWII to Korea and Vietnam by most of the Honor Flight hubs, the additions to the new book include two page spreads on

  • The Disabled American Veterans Memorial
  • The new Smithsonian African American Museum
  • -Eighteen more pages on the WWII Memorial
  • Ten Pages on the Korean Memorail
  • Ten Pages on the Vietnam Memorial
  • Two more pages on the Women in Military Service to America Memorial
  • Four more pages on Arlington Cemetery
  • a page on the Navy Museum in the Navy Yard....rarely visited but quite beautiful
  • a page on Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles
I took the opportunity to use all new images and present many images that had never been seen before. The changes are significant enough to label it a completely new book by the Copyright Office.  I've kept the cover because it is iconic Washington.  The back cover was changed for one of my favorite views of the WWII Memorial in the evening.

Amerian Disabled Veterans Memorial below


Taken while the WWII Memorial and the Washington Memorial were under construction

Colonel William Webber of the Korean War Memorial Foundation was able to negotiate permission to finally make some images of the Korean Memorial.  I am very pleased!

 
Ebooks are available through both Amazon and Apple Formats.  

AVAILABLE LOCALLY

The books can be found locally at, Eastern National stores at the FDR, Arlington Cemetery store and the Lincoln Memorail.  They are also available Guest Services stores by the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. , I've been using an infrared camera to photograph the Cherry Blossoms and expect to do more this Spring.  In May a new book of postcard on the Cherry Blossoms is due out.  A bit late for this year but the Blossoms are ever in demand in DC!
 
STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY srb@srbphoto.com (C) STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY 2016-06-15T20:09:00Z 2016-06-15T20:09:00Z
http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/rain-or-shine-honor-flight-chicagos-70th-fligth Rain or Shine: Honor Flight Chicago's 70th Flight

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A gallery of selects from Honor Flight Chicago's  May 11, 2016 flight   It was an amazing time at the WWII Memorial with 100 veterans, 100 plus guardians, volunteers "The President's Own" United States Marine Band and family members who came to greet their veterans. It's an incredible  phenomena and I am delighted to be part of it. The images from today are available for download for "personal use.  Honor Flight Chicago celebrated its 70th Flight and I have been at sixty-nine of them and will celebrate my 70th in three weeks. 

Despite the weather, everybody performed flawlessly and it looked like the Veterans were having a great day despite the rain which we've been having plenty of these past two weeks. Honor Flight Chicago's ceremony is enhanced by the talents of "The President's Own" United States Marine Band"' "Gunnery Sergeant" Sara Sheffield. The last gunnery sergeant I worked with was certainly not as talented as Sara Sheffield but he did have a really loud voice! That's Gunnery Sgt Dave Haglund who played taps.

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STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY srb@srbphoto.com (C) STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY 2016-05-14T13:33:16Z 2016-05-14T13:33:16Z
http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/super-saturday-april-2-2016 SUPER SATURDAY APRIL 2, 2016

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A rainy morning didn't deter DC Guardians and National Park Service volunteers from getting down to the Memorial.  The flights were either behind or ahead of schedule so  It's always a pleasure to hang out with like-minded folks and particularly these generous individuals. Dave Nichols, board member of Honor Flight kept the traffic moving on Homeland Drive..  His relationship with the National Park Service Police escorts has been really great. It's nice to have their cooperation in our venture.  Many of the Veterans find the Escorts through traffic the most fun of the day and having ridden behind them in a bus, it's amazing and terrifying to see them clear traffic for five and six buses.   It's also a convenient way to get around town. 

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As always the photographic opportunities are limitless whether its a personal image like this one or a group photograph like the one below.   have found these Super Saturdays are all they are cracked up to be. See you on April 16th!

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STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY srb@srbphoto.com (C) STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY 2016-04-08T13:37:39Z 2016-04-08T13:37:39Z
http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/honor-flight-2016-looks-rosie Honor Flight 2016 looks Rosie

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The 2016 Flying Season began with the "Rosies" brought to DC by Talons Out Honor Flight and sponsored by  Ford Motor Company.  They were brought first to Capitol Hill and then down to the WWII Memorial where a good many volunteers  had assembled to greet them

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It was a delightful start to the season and a lot of the "usual suspects" were out to greet!  

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STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY srb@srbphoto.com (C) STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY 2016-04-05T15:13:29Z 2016-04-05T15:13:29Z
http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/cherry-blossoms-for-2017 Cherry Blossoms for 2017

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I am publishing a "mini book" of Cherry Blossom images.   It should be available in mid May.   Like every DC based photographer, the Blossoms are a rite of Spring (some may say Passage) that we attend to.  I am late for this season but prefer to think of myself as early for 2017!  Most of the images were made with a Nikon camera modified by Life Pixel.  The combination makes for a rich visual experience and unusual views of the Blossoms.  The cover of the book is going to be printed on Linen stock while the cards inside will be on a flat stock.  The cards are detachable and I think it will make a nice gift item.  Due end of May, I am looking forward to introducing them to the market.  The proofs below arrived today and I am very pleased with the color and the way the infrared works with the blossoms. . 

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STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY srb@srbphoto.com (C) STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY 2016-03-26T13:55:37Z 2016-03-26T13:55:37Z
http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/spring-wrap 2015 FLYING SEASON

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My favorite image this Spring has to be his picture of Senator Dole double smooched by the ladies of Southland Honor Flight. It's obvious however that Honor Flight while still growing is transitioning to Korea and Vietnam.

As the Spring Honor Flight season wraps up, I've been looking over the images I have made this Spring and Summer.  It's been spectacular.  I currently have over 40,000 usages of Honor Fights in action at the WWII Memorial.   it's a long term project and I will figure out what to do with these images after the last WWII Veteran has seen it. The inevitability makes it's all the more urgent that Veterans get to see their Memorials and that the effort to achieve this be recorded.  The variety of ceremonies honoring Veterans at the WWII Memorial is stunning and an hour spent with any Honor Flight always results in spectacular images and a more positive view of the universe--especially if you've lived in Washington as long as I have!

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 Mary Pettinato of Honor Flight Chicago and a few other hubs are sweeping their areas to find the WWII Veterans and you can see the lengths they've gone to as evidenced by MP's beautiful advertising campaign.  

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im Tayon and Honor Fight Franklin County at the Memorial

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STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY srb@srbphoto.com (C) STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY 2016-03-13T16:32:23Z 2016-03-13T16:32:23Z
http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/6/wwii-memorial-book-last-editon WWII MEMORIAL: JEWEL OF THE MALL

The final edition of WWII MEMORIAL: Jewel of the Mall is in the warehouse and ready to ship.  Beginning today, both the WWII MEMORIAL and DC PHOTO BOOK  books will be priced at $20.00 apiece for Honor Flight hubs.  The eBooks can be used on tablets, home computers and can be projected in community settings.  The DC PHOTO BOOK will be updated and continue to be sold.

 

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You can order through the website or email me at the studio.   So far I have been able to substantially discount some 200,000 plus books to Honor Flight hubs and sell another 160,000 through other outlets. A risky endeavor with a nice outcome.

See you on the Mall.

Stephen R. Brown


 

STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY srb@srbphoto.com (C) STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY 2015-06-09T23:54:29Z 2015-06-09T23:54:29Z
http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/super-saturdays SUPER SATURDAYS

Super Saturdays at the WWII Memorial  are wonderful events as they connect the DC and world tourist community with the heartbeat of America.  The WWII Memorial is the most popular (4.5 to 5 million visitors last year) Memorial in Washington, DC!  To make it more popular, Friends of the WWII Memorial, Honor Flight DCA, Eastern Shore Re-Enactors, and Gotta Swing have stepped up the pace of their activities making an Honor Flight Network visit to the Memorial really memorable!  I try to arrive on these Super Saturdays in time to to inspect the area around the Memorial before buses start rolling in.  As the author of DC PHOTO BOOK, and WWII MEMORIAL,  I am always looking for photographs that will enrich the next edition.   

Over on Homeland Drive, Dave Nichols, a board member of Honor Flight,  is as always getting ready to direct buses and keep the general mayhem in line. Jeff Miller,do-founder of Honor Flight,  came up from Hendersonville, NC to help with the seeming chaos that occurs when fifty buses arrive.  Dave has also managed an excellent relationship with the various police escort services and so traffic is manageable...more or less.

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The "usual suspects begin to gather. Eastern Shore, Honor Flight DCA and Gotta Swing members gear up for the day.  And it seems calm for a moment and then...

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...the party begins with Ralph Brignac and riders leading the first group from San Diego.  

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Needing no prompting and arriving early, Honor Flight San Diego sets up their photograph with Dave Smith, Jeff Hall and I organizing and taking the picture.  They have their "well-traveled" flag with them which sets them apart in the large group photograph.  Indiana produce sand brings posters of when the veterans were younger and they take the pictures with the posters  It's a bit time-consuming but certainly worth it for the visuals.

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And just about 10:30, the "hardest working" man in Wshington,  Senator Bob Dole shows up to greet the Veterans as they enter the Memorial.  He is legendary for his persistence and has been doing four hour stretches these past couple of weeks.  He looks great and you can tell that he loves sitting in the sun and chatting!  Quite a treat for all.

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About this time, there are groups milling about everywhere and I feel like I am swimming in photographs!

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stumble across Honor Flight Tallahassee and give them a hand moving 190 people from an over-crowded area to my favorite "center" position.  It worked out fine and one of the "Guild of Tour Guides" was kind enough to move his group out of the way so we could accomplish the picture.   The day is amazing.

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The buses at this point are so numerous that Honor Flight Network buses are unloading on 17th Street and so I walk up to find Allen Bergeron of Honor Flight Austin getting ready to take his group photo and we have a chance to chat....and get that picture taken care of.  I think my HERDING CATS essay is working and I am happy to see all of these photos being taken.  This should all be remembered as the best of us.

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When the Memorial first opened, music wasn't allowed and  dancing unheard of and even sacrilegious!  So I am pleased that the Gotta Swing crowd has changed the environment and vets can look forward to a 3D "MULTI MEDIA" kiss from the Gotta Girls!  It's kind of interesting that Washington, DC media is just beginning to recognize the Memorial and begin to delve into its unique character.  Moe interesting is the fact that DC natives have grown used to seeing busloads of Honor Flights speeding along with police escorts!  

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Throughout the day, a variety of Drill Teams form up, ceremonies happen, and it's a colorful and photogenic event.  

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with the Queen's Guard topping of the day with a well coordinated "practice" around the Memorial for the VE Day event. They looked and sounded great.

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The Honor Flight Network is growing daily and the trend is to taking Korean War and Vietnam Veterans.  However, hubs like Chicago are actively launching aadvertising campaigns to find the remaining veterans who have not yet seen their Memorial.  In Chicago, Mary Pettinato estimates some fifteen to twenty thousand WWII veterans who are unaware of or who have not applied for a trip.  And this will be the subject of a future post....Have a GREAT WEEKEND.

There's a Super Saturday scheduled this Memorial Day Weekend....  It should be a doozy!  

David Luria of Washington Photo Safaris is scheduling in Honor Flight Saturdays as part of his classes and so more great publicity!  He is also donating money to the flights that he photographs.

STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY srb@srbphoto.com (C) STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY 2015-05-22T14:35:27Z 2015-05-22T14:35:27Z
http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/spring-2015 SPRING 2015


 

           

 

FREE SHIPPING through the end of May to Honor Flights. These books call forth a lifetime of memories and are both inexpensive and beautiful mementos. The stories I hear of veterans' responses to the book are heart warming.  They add depth and permanence to the Honor Flight experience and allow families to share.  Make sure you remember to place your order a minimum of two weeks in advance.  You can email me at srb@srbphoto.com

Many hubs and elder care residences are making a gift of "Jewel of the Mall"  to veterans unable to fly as that is increasingly the case. Gary Banz, a state legislator from Oklahoma was able to get a list of every WWII veteran being taken care of by the VA nursing homes and got them all books.  Allen Bergeron's Austin Honor Flight has a little ceremony where they visit with a veteran and present a book and service medal.  With this free shipping, I am hoping to make the books as accessible and inexpensive as possible. The Korea Poster is only available to Honor Flights who order the DC PHOTO BOOK. 


On the publishing front,I've had several nice events.   Where Magazine which is in every hotel room in DC, published a ten page portfolio of images from DC PHOTO BOOK.   "Destination DC" has been using the DC PHOTO BOOK to promote the city for tourism and conventions.  Eastern NationalGuest Services, the International Spy Museum,  and the Holocaust Museum sell the book in their stores at $24.95.  

In case you weren't at the Summit, I have posted my latest edition of 
HERDING CATS Vers. 3.0 on my website.  If you are leading a group to the Memorial this year, I think it's a valuable guide.  I have provided a number of examples for reference.  The Honor Flight Network Summit was spectacular with over three hundred of my favorite people in attendance.  It was wonderful to see everyone and experience the warmth of the Honor Flight family. 


 


After a long Winter,  I am looking forward to getting out and photographing the Cherry Blossoms using both my regular Nikons and my modified infrared Nikon D40.  The effects are very interesting.  As always with these scenes of the Tidal Basin and Cherry Blossoms, I have found that the old photographic adage that it's easier to photograph a pretty woman rings true. 
 

 




TIDEWATER: The Chesapeake Bay in Photographs will be reprinted in the Fall. .  The book is available on the Apple Store for download or hard copy through my Amazon author's page.  The Inn at Perry Cabin in St.Michael's, Maryland carries the book as does Honey's Harvest on the Western Shore. 

 




One of the great things about  eBooks is that they can be loaded with information which is too expensive to print and of course, they are instantly available!  
WWII MEMORIAL:  Jewel of the Mall has one hundred extra images and a movie built in. Downloads and sample chapters are free on the Apple Store,"  I am looking forward to seeing them distributed in the education market which is increasingly dominated by tablets.

 


 

If you are an 
Honor Flight leader, consider using the Women in Military Service For America Memorial for a lunch stop as they are a comfortable and air-conditioned visit.  Additionally, they have clean and comfortable restrooms and my book is on sale and my prints on exhibit. The cost of a setting up tables for your veterans in the air conditioned luxury of the Women's Memorial is about one-fifth of the price of a tent rental (when that was possible) at the WWII Memorial!  

You can book in advance by emailing 
Donna Houle, the Director of the Memorial Education Center. Her phone number is 703-892-2606. While you're there, make sure you visit the roof of the Memorial. As you exit the elevator, you will find yourself right in the very center of the cemetery looking out to the Lincoln Memorial.  It's quite a panorama--so nice in fact that I donated two pages to it in my DC PHOTO BOOK.  I've had a few requests to photograph Honor Flights at the WWII Memorial and I am happy to do so free of cost if I happen to be there but I cannot schedule anything.  I



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While we have ample supplies of both the 
DC PHOTO BOOK and the WWII Memorial: Jewel of the Mall book, it always helps if you can order early. Many hubs are choosing to give the book out at the hotel but please make sure that you check a day or two before you fly that your order has been delivered.  The Korean War Veterans Memorial poster, which we are donating to Honor Flights transitioning to Korea with the DC PHOTO BOOK, has been reordered due to its popularity.




There are a few hundred copies of 
TIDEWATER: The Chesapeake Bay in Photographs  in stock and I will order the revised edition later this year. The book is available on the Apple Store for download or hard copy through my Amazon author's page.. One of the great things about these eBooks is that they can be loaded with information which is too expensive to print and of course, they are instantly availale!  WWII MEMORIAL:  Jewel of the Mall has one hundred extra images and a movie built in. Downloads and sample chapters are free on the Apple Store,"
 

      



While we have ample supplies of both the 
DC PHOTO BOOK and the WWII Memorial: Jewel of the Mall book, it always helps if you can order early. Many hubs are choosing to give the book out at the hotel but please make sure that you check a day or two before you fly that your order has been delivered.  The Korean War Veterans Memorial poster, which we are donating to Honor Flights transitioning to Korea with the DC PHOTO BOOK, has been reordered due to its popularity.

 

 


Let me know what you think! As always, join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.
 

Regards,



Stephen R. Brown

 

STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY srb@srbphoto.com (C) STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY 2015-03-14T13:54:19Z 2015-03-14T13:54:19Z
http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/herding-cats-version-three HERDING CATS: VERSION 3.0

HONOR FLIGHT SUMMIT 2015

PHOTOGRAPHY:
PLANNING, LOCATION, PHOTO WORK-FLOW AND CREATING  A VISUAL DATABASE

Memorializing and maximizing your Veteran’s short visit to the Memorial is important. Keeping them comfortable while you make this image is vital. Getting the group shot is traditional for history and a keepsake for the families of Veterans. It is also evidence of your good work and so your best fund-raising tool! I  put this piece together as a reference for planning the big photo. There are locations that work photographically with different size groups. Planning this group photograph should be part of volunteer training as if it is delayed, everyone suffers.

You should advise bus captains and Volunteers to be “on time” for the group photograph. The bathroom break upon arrival should be fifteen to twenty minutes long so Volunteers and Guardians should plan on being in place fifteen to twenty five minutes after your arrival on Homeland Drive.

****If you have a group of more than five Veterans, the curved walkways by the state pillars DO NOT make a good background for group pictures. They are however great for individual shots if your state is conveniently placed.

John Bonk’s advice: (He has photographed sixty Honor Flight Chicago flights)

“Assuming 90 Veterans, begin by lining up the first wheelchair between Lincoln and the Washington Memorials and then spread 24 wheelchairs in front (twelve to a side), another 26 wheelchairs behind them and the rest of the Veterans standing...

-Assemble as quickly as you can...Ten to fifteen minutes for bathroom,

-Stagger the wheelchairs so you can see everyone’s face, do a salute shot, check the background for stray tourists,

-One of two Volunteers should be working with photographer

-Volunteers should place their veteran, take a “quick picture and step back twenty five feet.

-Nurses can duck behind the wheelchairs.

There are a number of photographers in the Capitol Region who you can hire and who are also volunteers of our DCA Honor Flight which incidentally makes me so proud of Washington. We accomplish so little here that it’s nice to see DC step up!!!!

Assuming you are using a lot of photography, I recommend Zenfolio.com to be the easiest and cheapest image storage and distribution system. It is also a complete website solution which

can be adopted to the “Honor Flight” style and additionally is excellent for social media . Using Zenfolio, you can blog, email and sell products. You can also store your event photos in folders and make them available (OR NOT) to the public. You can assign passwords and allow printing and if you like, pay for the prints through sales to family members. UPON INITIAL

SETUP, DO NOT ALLOW PRINTING until you have gotten a grasp of the system. Smug mug and Photo Shelteri are commercial websites which also do an excellent job.  

As to cameras, think WIDE ANGLE! The cameras offered with 20x zooms are slow and are not wide enough to make group pictures. If you want to get closer, let your feet do the zooming!

• I believe the Honor Flight Network paperwork has a built-in photo release. If not, one is included at the end of this presentation.

• Decide on your photo location (with an alternative) and make it part of Guardian training.

• Volunteers should place their Veterans on the Memorial, take a “quick picture” of the Veteranalone and then step back so the group photograph can be made. Most are not wide enough

• to take a group picture so GIVE THE PHOTOGRAPHER SOME ROOM! Using a web based photoplatform, everyone can retrieve the pictures.

• John Bonk also used a device named “Wolverine”, a portable hard drive to collect the volunteer

• photographs at the airport at the end of the day.

• Regarding photographs: “Take prisoners and find out who’s guilty later!” With a 16 mega-byte card, you should be able to record about 4000 pictur

 

CENTER POSITION

 

I favor the center position as you get maximum visual exposure with the Veterans,the sky, the fountains, the columns and pillars, Wall of Stars and President Lincoln in one shot.That's  a lot of visual information built at great cost which you should be incorporating into your picture.

 

In this photograph, the sky was gray and cloudy so I used a tool called “lighten shadows” to lighten the clouds and give them authority raised the level of green in the trees, fixed the grass in front, selected the Veterans using a special tool and sharpened their faces and lightened the shadows. All of the areas of the image should be mentally separated by tonality so the men, the trees, the grass, the columns, even the white in the sky can be altered. Because almost everyone is wearing a baseball cap, the filter “Adjust + Lighten Shadows” is used at about thirty percent of full strength. This one filter alone makes Photoshop worthwhile.

 

If you are the designated photographer, move in on a photograph like this and catch the leadership for organizational purposes. For this photograph, I contacted Dave Smith and we had people working with me to push the crowd back almost to the Commemoration Stone. In all , I don’t think we took more than fifteen minutes. Allow Guardians to photograph Veterans while set up is going on and then move back behind photographer. Just think, if you have twenty five Guardians who each hold up the photographfor “just a minute”, it’s twenty five minutes your Veterans are missing at the Memorial. As we are all aware that time is growing short, lets not waste it

 

Secondary angle to your main shot but the background is terrific. The primary photographer should be able to get three images in one session but better you designate three people to cover ceremony.

 

A nice clean shot with 40 people in it. A small group like Franklin County benefits as much from all the symbolism as does a large group like San Diego

FORTY FIVE DEGREES TO PACIFIC

 

SOMEONE ELSE HAD A PERMIT FOR THE CENTER SO I PHOTOGRAPHED FROM THE TOP OF THE RAMP.
IT WORKS BUT IT WAS AT THE EVERY EDGE OF MY WIDE ANGLE LENS.

 

FORTY FIVE DEGREES TO ATLANTIC

From beneath the Pacific Arch. If the fountains are running high, you miss the eagles but certainly get a nicely balanced

picture. Three are 39 Veterans and Guardians. It is a difficult position because it’s hard to keep the foreground clear.

 

Well-executed with the flag. Plenty of time to move around. The wide angle lens give you the ability to orchestrate the elements in your photographs. This photo would have been better if taken from left as Veterans would be in background. However, you can’t interrupt the ceremony although you can move about “stealthily.”

 

Plan for Senator Dole. He comes at 10:30 and leaves about 12:00. If you are planning to do a big group picture, I would choose to go around him and then let your Veterans tour the Memorial and then get back to him. He is most likely to be there on Saturday although....he pops in like he owns the place...and he might!!!  A difficult call as sometimes you will lose your veterans to the Senator which can throw all your planning out the window.  

 

PANORAMAS

This is a panoramic picture composed of four pictures stitched together. It’s a nice place to assemble but lacks any visual impact in the background. ***If you get stuck in this position, you can take four images which overlap by forty percent and I can stitch them together for you. About fifty people here.

Here a few tight shots which make good visuals.

 

I also use a variety of photo filters to occasionally "save" a bad picture.  Color is your friend!

DOCUMENT YOUR HUB

PHOTOGRAPHING THE LEADERSHIP AND KEY FIGURES ON LOCATION IS IMPORTANT FOR WEB USE, PUBLICITY, ETC. MAKE SURE YOU USE THE MEMORIAL LOCATION TO ITS MAXIMUM EFFECT. HERE EARL MORSE, ROLLAND KIDDER, VICE CHAIRMAN AND FOUNDER OF FRIENDS OF THE WWII MEMORIAL, JEFF MILLER AND GEORGE KERESTES WERE ASSEMBLED FOR PEOPLE MAGAZINE SO I MADE USE OF THE TIME.

 

 

If you have the opportunity, get the leadership with Senator Dole.  He doesn't endorse many causes and his name value is extraordinary.

 

If you get an extraordinary guest like General Powell, make sure you have someone at the Homeland Drive parking spot to greet them and escort them to the veterans.  

 

 

If you have a celebrity like General Powell, make sure you have an assigned person to meet them and guide
them to your group. If they have a pleasant experience, they will take the opportunity to come back.  It's as good press for them as for you.

THIS IS ALSO A GOOD TIME TO TALK ABOUT FILL FLASH.

 

IMAGE STORAGE AND CORRECTION

Here’s the image as it came off the camera. You don’t have to live with that if you get a basic mastery of Photoshop or hire someone for about $35.00 per hour.

Cropping the image. On the left, you can see the various filters that can be applied to the image and on the right, a number of “adjustment panels”which allow you to enhance the image.

 

It’s my personal opinion that if we let the camera define what we saw, then we are allowing ourselves to be deceived. The original picture is fine but it’s not cropped and color corrected to capture the spirit of the day.

 

Be Ready!!!


Photo Organization and Distribution

I use zenfolio to store my images because it works both as a phenomenally inexpensive backup for my images, a gallery with print capabilities and also does my social media and can be used for slideshows and presentations.  

FOLDERS OF IMAGES FOR EACH EVENT AND TRIP CAN BE USED FOR FAMILIES, SOCIAL MEDIA, SLIDES SHOWS FOR FUND RAISING,

FOLDERS OF IMAGES FOR EACH EVENT AND TRIP CAN BE USED FOR FAMILIES, SOCIAL MEDIA, SLIDES SHOWS FOR FUND RAISING,

 

IMAGES CAN BE USED FOR PRESENTATIONS, SLIDE SHOWS, ETC....THEY ARE ALL STORED FULL RESOLUTION

 

PRINTING INTERFACE  ALLOWS YOU TO SELL PRINTS, GIVE AWAY PRINTS, SHIP PRINTS

The advantage of a digital system like this is that you can send prints off from your desktop rather than going to the store and they will be delivered wherever you specify eliminating packing and the trip to the post office...

 

BLOGGING INTERFACES CAN BE EASILY CHANGED

 

 

IMAGES ON BLOG ARE CHOSEN FROM YOUR FOLDERS SO EASY UPLOAD

 
CAMERA GEAR
I highly recommend a compact camera with a 24mm wide angle lens. This particular camera (and I have gone
through seven in the S90, 95, and 100 series and also given my family another five) is small, compact, has a fast
lens and fits in your back pocket with a small wrist strap that makes it immediately accessible. You can have a
BIG CAMERA AND A BIG LENS but if you don’t get a spontaneous and effective picture, it doesn’t matter if you
have a lot of pixels! It also has a very transportable charger which is a must along with a minimum of a 32 gig card

 

FILL FLASH! THROW THAT LIGHT...REMOVE THOSE SUNGLASSES....

 

PHOTOSHOP FILTERS

 

KOREAN COPYRIGHT

 

STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY srb@srbphoto.com (C) STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY 2015-02-21T15:00:00Z 2015-02-21T15:00:00Z
http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/a-first-look A FIRST LOOK

WHERE MAGAZINE produces the annual "Where Guestbook" which is distributed throughout DC hotels, businesses and destinations. I am delighted to have the opening ten pages in the book and the final page.   Editor Jean Lawlor Cohen and Art Director Teri Samuels are responsible for the selection and design of the article.   Jean and I have discussed this for several years and so I am extremely happy that it came to fruition in such a beautiful piece.   

"ABOUT WHERE GUESTBOOK

An annual, museum-quality coffee-table book that delights readers with a savvy, insider’s view, available in-room at upscale hotels. Through gorgeous photography, insightful essays, neighborhood profiles and celebrity interviews, Where GuestBook™ is the publication readers are compelled to pick up and want to linger over—timely yet timeless, elegant, poetic, and reflective of the soul and spirit of the city. Its modern, eye-catching designs and innovative layouts create a luxurious environment designed to attract high-end advertisers and impress world-class hotels and the travelers who stay in them.-"Morris Publications""

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STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY srb@srbphoto.com (C) STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY 2014-12-20T14:54:04Z 2014-12-20T14:54:04Z
http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/2014-fall-honor-flight-wrap-up 2014 FALL HONOR FLIGHT WRAP UP

WWII MEMORIAL:  

2014 FALL SEASON WRAP UP


As we coast to the end of the Honor Flight Flying Season, I’ve already  made reservations for the Summit.  I photographed over one hundred Honor Flight hubs at  the Memorial this year and with good results.   Fortunately, the Memorial and the Mall also serve as a test bed for a variety of manufacturer equipment tests and updates and revisions to the books.  The selects below are destined for the next editions of the DC PHOTO BOOK and the WWII MEMORIAL book.  The Memorial is gaining character by the day and the ingenuity of greeters and well-wishers is astonishing.  Visitor numbers to the WWII Memorial are the highest for any Memorial and it has become a draw for not only those of us who had family in the war but also for foreign visitors, re-enactors, and evening concerts.

 

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Jeff Miller, co-founder of Honor Flight looking over the book with a veteran who visits frequently with his son and meets the Honor Flights.  Capital Region Honor Flight was just created to fill that need and we will be displaying together at the Summit.

Honor Flight Chicago’s ceremony and photo opportunities are so well organized that I have time to play with the image. Click on the pan to see a folder full of images from that day.

Dave Smith and crew of San Diego Honor Flight are always well-prepared and we get this enormous photograph done in fifteen minutes. As you are choosing a place to photograph your group, I recommend “center stage” as Washington’s significant symbols are visible and in my thinking, vital to fund-raising.  You also have room to spread out. and work quickly.  Prepare your guardians to get their veterans into place quickly and efficiently.  Gjon Mili, a famous Life Magazine photographer once said that a good image is “Ninety percent preparation and ten percent serendipity” to which another famous Life Magazine photographer Arnold Newman replied  No you are wrong… It’s  ninety percent furniture moving and ten percent serendipity.”  In any event, ******I want to refer you all again to my essay entitled  “HERDING CATS :  Photographing Veterans at the WWII Memorial” where I try to pinpoint some of better positions for photography. 

 

These images showcase Washington’s extraordinary light.  On the Mall, the sun has a chance to cast that golden glow right down the Mall right until it drops behind Arlington Memorial Cemetery. An evening walk is always a pleasure and an opportunity.

The White House News Photographers wrote up the WWII Memorial project recently.  It’s nice to be noticed by such a prestigious group of photographers, videographers and editors. I have been a member since 1982.  We have all worked the White House and currently some of us still do.  The rest are spread around the world and all involved in pretty interesting projects. Thanks to the web, we are able to share resources and ideas. In late January, there is a contest and the incredible results are available on our website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Printings  of both  the DC PHOTO BOOK and  WWII Memorial: Jewel of the Mall books have just arrived at the warehouse.  Make your plans now for holiday gifts.  If you are on the Mall, you can find the books at the FDR, Guest Services at the Korean Memorial and at the Jefferson.  They can be autographed through the studio and had unsigned  through Amazon.  Please continue to get in touch with the studio for case supplies.  Shipping is free with the 2014 prices and will continue on through next year.  

 

 

The Korean War Veterans Memorial poster, which we are donating to Honor Flights transitioning to Korea with the DC PHOTO BOOK, has been reordered due to its popularity.  The poster above is given only to Honor Flight hubs and is not sold with the book at stores or other outlets.

 

 

 

 


 
We took down the show at the  
Women in Military Service For America Memorial  last week. Thank you all for making it such a success.    The Women in Military Service For America Memorial continue to welcome veterans groups for a lunch stop and will prepare the Memorial for your groups’ comfort.   It is one of the beautiful and restful places on the Mall and the terrace view is stunning.

 

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Let me know what you think! As always, join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.  If you are on Facebook, please like the Studio site and make sure you register for email updates at the studio.

Regards,

 

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http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/honor-flight-cofounders-win-caring-award Honor Flight cofounders win "Caring Award"

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Jeff Miller and Earl Morse, co- founders of @Honor Flight Network at the WWII Memorial with @Rolland Kidder of Frtiends of the WWII Memorial and George Kerestes of the National Park Service Volunteers.

BIG NEWS: Once again our co-founders Earl Morse and Jeff Miller are receiving much deserved recognition. Everyone knows the amount of time and effort they have spent on Honor Flight and I have had the privilege to be a spectator. This year, the Honor Flight Network will have flown over 150,000 veterans to the WWII Memorial. As a publisher with a book on the WWII Memorial, I tried to get the book out through any number of government agencies but private action seems to be the most effective and so Honor Flight has probably given away some 70000 book to their intended audience, WWII Veterans. I am honored to have all of you as friends and think it’s great that Jeff and Earl have gotten this honor.

From the Hendersonville Lightning Paper:

“Saturday will be the first time he has ever been on the same stage with honorees whose names are known instantly across America and even worldwide.
Miller, the Hendersonville native who cofounded the Honor Flight Network with Air Force veteran Earl Morse of Ohio, will join former President Bill Clinton, “the Greatest” — Muhammad Ali — football star Kurt Warner, actress Jane Seymour and former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, as 2014 Caring Award winners on Saturday in Scottsdale, Ariz. Bob Dole and Tom Daschle, co-chairs of the Caring Institute, announced the 2014 Caring Award winners. The awards will go to 10 adults and six young people who have made extraordinary and lasting efforts that benefit society. They will be recognized at the Caring Awards Ceremony at the Omni Montelucia Resort and inducted into the Caring Hall of Fame.

“We are honored to celebrate these extraordinary people who have used their lives for the benefit of others,” said former Sen. Dole. “These persons honor us all by the quality of their lives, so it is highly appropriate that we honor them and hold them up as role models to be emulated by all,” added former Sen. Daschle.

Of all the honorees, only Miller and Morse and philanthropist Don Tapia are not household names or figures well known in the entertainment and sports world. Miller and Morse will be recognized for “Honoring Those Who Have Honored the Nation with their Service.” “Miller and Morse are co-founders of the Honor Flight Network which helps veterans of all ages travel to Washington in order to visit the World War II Memorial and other monuments dedicated to their service,” the The Caring Institute said. “To date, Honor Flight has paid to bring more than 150,000 World War II veterans to Washington where they can meet old comrades, share memories of the past, and receive a well-deserved round of applause from the public and its leaders. By creating Honor Flight, Miller and Morse have shined a light on forgotten heroes who deserve our thanks and our respect.””

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http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/honor-flights-oct-4-2014 Honor Flights Oct 4, 2014

San Diego, Utah, Northwest Ohio, and others at the Memorial on October 4, 2014.  I am falling behind in my processing of these images but they are available to Honor Flights and veterans and families for personal use.

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In the midst of all this, George Kerestes mentions that he has just given a tour to Susan Howe of Arizona and I had the opportunity to make this picture of them in front of the Memorial and with Senator Dole.  Serendipity is pretty common at the Memorial so I no longer rely on schedules.  

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And George Kerestes was mingling about with his partner in crime Al Doehring who's venue

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And the usual suspects...

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http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/honor-flights-oct-11-2014 Honor Flight Chicago: Oct 1, 2014

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Mary Pettinato takes her photography seriously and I am convinced that it is invaluable to her fund raising and awareness in Chicago where it's hard to get attention.  Her organization of the ceremony is precise and the whole ceremony takes less than 20 minutes.

The photographers wear blue shirts and are the only ones allowed (guardians in green and medics in red) to be in the front area while the ceremony is going on.  The five of us photographers and videographers have it well rehearsed. It seems each of us has a favorite position and lens for the ceremony.  I am obviously biased about the importance of good photography and it's role in fund raising and urge everyone to make sure you sure you bring back good photographs.   This Wednesday, Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense, joined Honor Flight for their ceremony and was well-received by the veterans.  He took the time to participate in the ceremony and was as always very gracious and good-humored.

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Local volunteers Renda Overbo and Deb Stevens tipped me off to a special performance of the Air Force Drill Team.  I boy love it and am desperately afraid when these troops start throwing those bayonets.  I noticed that the Marine Drill team removes the bayonets before they start tossing but I didn't see that here.  Keep practicing boys and make sure you have a medic available.  Don't be trying this at home. It was a great show, the weather was absolutely perfect and the view from the Air Force Memorial reminds me of why I live in Washington.  It is absolutely gorgeous and this Summer has been a dream!

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