STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY: Blog https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY (STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY) Thu, 30 Jun 2022 14:58:00 GMT Thu, 30 Jun 2022 14:58:00 GMT https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-12/u46409982-o167521180-50.jpg STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY: Blog https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog 120 94 DCPHOTOBOOKS.COM https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/6/ordering-for-2022 250k250k

DCPHOTOBOOKS.COM transmits your order directly to the warehouse and assures you the best price on books and shipping whether singly or by the case.  If you wish you can send gift books directly.  I will still take orders by email and phone.

To obtain the Honor Flight discount  please  select a minimum of five cases and use the code "honorflighthub".  Books are twelve to a case so please order on that basis.  The header on the site has a direct link to the new DC PHOTO BOOKS case page.  If you are interested in a single book, use the code "kilroy" to obtain a twenty percent discount.

We have sent out 3500 books this month and reopened accounts with retailers around the Mall (ie: White House Gifts, Guest Service and Esstern National all of which have great stores dedicated to the Mall and American history!  During the pandemic, DC was a ghost town so this week we will be restocking Eastern National which runs the Park Service bookstores.  I was down on the Mall yesterday visiting stores and saying hello to a group of people I've missed.  

 

DC PHOTO BOOK 4 th editionThe first edition of DC PHOTO BOOK was 115 pages and each edition has gotten larger.

WWII MEMORIAL: Jewel of the Mall is currently available as are the CHERRY BLOSSOM and NATIONAL MALL postcard books both singly and by the case.  

WWII MEMORIAL: JEWEL OF THE MALLAvailable in singles and by the case

The current case discount code is "honorflighthub" (lower case/no quote marks)  for a discount to $19.95 in CASE quantities of 60 plus (or five cases).  These books are all approved by the National Park Service and are both elegant and accurate as well as beautiful.  They are one of kind creations which have made visitors and residents proud "Insiders."

Postcard Collections:Thirty eight postcards make up this set on the National Mall.

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AN INSIDER'S VIEW: TOMB OF THE UNKNOWNS https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/6/an-insiders-view-arlington-national-cemetery 20190427-IMG_0450Changing of the GuardThis is the ceremony that all try to see. The Tomb Guards pay special attention to Honor Flight and other distinguished veterans by scuffing their feet as they march their path.

Most Honor Flights visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and are the only groups allowed to bring a bus into the cemetery. It's quite a hike and shows great respect for Honor Flight.

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For the fourth edition of DC  PHOTO BOOK, I made images of the new Frederick Douglas Memorial Bridge and adjacent waterways.  Maine Avenue (the Channel) and the Southeast areas were run down until the stadium was built and a focused group of builders set loose on the city.  Now, we have Congressman and Senators living on boats and the Maine Avenue Channel has become so popular with boaters that  the military is trying to limit civilian access to the waterway which not so surprisingly enough is where the Officers Club is.  Leaves a long-time Washingtonian to ask..."is that about national security or the Officers Club?"  


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On the North side of the bridge, we have "Capitol Riverfront" as its known.  Twenty years ago, the area was composed of derelict garages and run down buildings (see page 155) and is now an architectural free for all (below).  Looks like all the architects...freed from height restrictions and encouraged by the city...went crazy.  I began the third chapter of the book entitled THE NEW DC with the bridge as it symbolizes a new bold DC seeking but never achieving a vote.  


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Screen Shot 2021-11-27 at 11.11.26 AMScreen Shot 2021-11-27 at 11.11.26 AM The new Eisenhower Memorial like every public artwork saw its share of controversy with the renowned architect Frank Gehry flipping off Senators, giving public lectures on his point of view and on the other side,  the aggrieved Eisenhower family trying to change the plans.   I have no idea what the beef was but the Memorial fits nicely in the new edition.  My first campaign pin said "I like Ike".  It still rings a bell. 

I am fond of the images and happy I include the Capitol in the bottom right image.  The statue of Eisenhower as a youth (top of page) is worth the visit alone as it is one of the most beautiful and romanticized sculptures I have seen.

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  Wall Mural in BackgroundI believe this "mural" is supposed to be Normandy and I have included it here in B/W and color.

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AN INSIDER'S VIEW: NATIONAL MALL POSTCARD BOOK https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/6/NATIONAL-MALL-POSTCARD-BOOK Looking to develop a lower priced product than my books, I edited the images in DC PHOTO BOOK down to thirty eight and published this little book with a linen cover. The spine of the book is made of an adhesive strip so the postcards can be torn out and used.  Nifty old school postcards!

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VIETNAM, KOREA AND LINCOLN UPDATES https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/6/preview vietnamwalladwobrVietnam MemorialA busy weekend with a Blue Ridge and several other Honor Flights

There is an app for the 55,000 names on the Vietnam Memorial which allows you to look up the location of names on the Wall.   I assume there will be an app for the 80,000 names on the Korea Memorial.  Some of the hubs like Central Missouri do etchings as requested by folks at home who couldn't make the trip and have made up custom paper with their imprint.  The etchings look spetacular and I devoted a separate post to the process. Michelle Sprye of Missouri wrote up a piece on producing these etchings which I posted earlier  

The Korea Memorial is supposed to be finished in July and while there, I photographed a few Missouri vets. You can see the construction behind them with composite posters of   the finished project.  

 

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You've heard DC  referred to as the swamp and so it really is and all of our monuments and memorials are sinking!  Hence the difficulty of doing a book on a group of buildings that seem to be in an endless rotation of construction.

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CAPITOL EXHIBIT FEATURES DOLE https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/6/architect-of-the-capitol-exhibit-features-dole The Architect of the Capitol licensed an image I made of Senator Dole in 2004.  I had to fire up a few drives to find this one but had the chance to tidy up the file for publication.  The Exhibits folk at the Capitol are wonderful to deal with and I would like to thank them for their patience.

"...to use the image once to depict Senator Dole in a display that shows all of the people of who lain in state or honor in the Capitol...."  

No usage w/o written permission of Stephen R. Brown, 3715 T Street NW, Washington, DC, 20007, 202-667-1965, 302-255-8635 &lt;srb@srbphoto.com&gt;<br/>This copy: Senator Robert Dole licensed for a one time use for a Capitol exhibit on people who have lain in State at the Capitol.©srb0034dolemainfountainDSC1200pixNo usage w/o written permission of Stephen R. Brown, 3715 T Street NW, Washington, DC, 20007, 202-667-1965, 302-255-8635 &lt;srb@srbphoto.com&gt;<br/>This copy: Senator Robert Dole licensed for a one time use for a Capitol exhibit on people who have lain in State at the Capitol.
 

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MILITARY WOMEN'S MEMORIAL https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/6/military-womens-memorial Military Womens' MemorialNewly renamed from Women in Military Service

The Military Women's Memorial closed for six months for renovation and is ready for business. Formerly “Women in Military Service”, the new foundation head is CWS Phyllis J. Wilson. Donna Houle was promoted up the hill and the new Director of the Memorial itself is Cathleen Pearl. The Memorial is getting a lot of attention this year.  Going back ten years Columbus HF did a special flight for women and most groups stop and take a picture of their women vets.

And while I have long enthused about the views from the terrace level of the Military Women's Memorial, I just found out that Honor Flight Columbus is using its for their dinners at the end of the day.  There couldn't be a better spot other than the Air Force Memorial which will soon be closed...so you might want to make arrangements.

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Like every DC based photographer, the Cherry Blossoms are a rite of Spring that we attend to.  As I am a veteran of the Blossom Madness, I published a postcard book of Cherry Blossom images.  The images are unique in that they were made with a camera modified to the infrared spectrum of light.   This makes for a rich visual experience and unique views of the Blossoms.  The cover of the book is printed on Linen stock while the individual cards are printed on a flat textured paper stock and detachable. It's an example of paper magic and the one of the reasons for printing my own material.
National WWII MEMORIAL FROM JEWEL OF THE MALLCHERRY BLOSSOM POSTCARD BOOK-- PRINTERS VERSIONA BESPOKE LOOK AT THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS AT THEIR PEAK AND AND IN INFRARED COLOR.

You can preview some of the images achieved using the modified camera

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HONOR FLIGHT DRAFT https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/5/honor-flight-rough-draft Here's a new collection of images made over the past years.   small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfong

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PHOTOGRAPHING GROUPS ON THE MALL https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/5/photography-on-the-mall Tips for Photographing on the Mall

CHICAGOLINCOLNHonor Flight ChicagoMid afternoon, it gets hot on the Mall so line 'em up and get that photo in ten minutes or less.

Every group photo is unique and yet pretty much the same so I thought I’d share my experience of locations at the Memorial to aid you in your photography. My collection of images has been used for national magazines, public relations, books, blogs, and yes….even RV Coverings–to publicize Honor Flight and my books. My standard camera is now a Canon GX7 or a Canon M6  which are medium to large sensor cameras. Both have zoom lenses starting at a nice wide 24mm!  Get an extra battery and a 16 gig card and you are cooking!

I use Zenfolio for online storage and distribution.  Images are extraordinarily valuable fund raising tools and I like to think I’ve put together a historical document.  Additionally, I believe that Honor Flight will have a long historical life as the care shown for our elderly through this program transcends any political belief.

You need to plan your photograph and ask the guardians to get the veterans to the restroom and on site at a specific time.  This photo and the one above only took fifteen minutes from setup to completion.  It was successful because I had a week to plan and worked with hubs leaders and guardians to POLITELY move the pedestrians and onlookers out of the way so that EVERYONE taking the photo got the photo and everyone of the veterans was in the photo.  I had a brief 30 seconds to move in and take this photograph. There are fifty to  three hundred and fifty people in the these photographs.  Fortune favors the prepared! Fortune also favors the photographer and group that get this important photo done quickly as leaving the elderly in the sun or rain while you adjust the balance of the picture should be a crime.

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Forced Flash

Honor Flight “hubs” visit the Memorial when conditions are difficult for photography.  The sun is high and casts a shadow in the eye sockets making everyone look a bit like a panda.  To remedy this “panda syndrome,” I adjust my camera so the small flash always fires.   While that tiny flash on your camera won’t light up the mall, it will fill in the shadows caused by a baseball cap.  Read the camera manual and learn how to set your flash so it fires each time.

It’s called “forced flash.” Practice standing about six feet away from your subjects so the flash fills in the facial area but doesn’t look unnatural or overpower the scene.  “Forcing the flash” requires an extra battery and a bit of patience as the flash has to recycle between photos.  You should expect the delay and keep your subjects distracted while the flash is recycling.  In the photograph below, even though Colin Powell and I were throwing shadows on the veterans he’s shaking hands with, the small flash filled in the areas and opened up the shadows caused by their baseball caps.  It’s such a small burst of light that it’s not noticeable…. unless it isn’t there!

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Location….Location…Location….!

These sample images might help you decide in advance where you want to take your group photographs. The location is often decided by the size of your group. Some groups try to form up by their state column but the group has to be small.  Most of the state column areas are narrow and you need some room for group photos. The state columns are best left I think for photos of individuals. The more room you have, the faster you can get it done.

My favorite location for group photography is in the center of the Memorial just in front of the Memorial. It gives you a great choice of the Lincoln, the Atlantic or Pacific arches for background and room to spread out.  Honor Flight Chicago travels with one hundred veterans and guardians at a time.  Professional photographer John Bonk does all their individual and group photographs and edits some 5000 images per trip.  I made some images which shows the many elements (buglers, singers, honor guard, floral arrangements, etc…) which go into Chicago’s ceremonies. As you can see in the picture below, Chicago is not short on cameras!  The morning of departure, John also takes portrait photographs of the veterans for identification while on the road and as a gift to the elderly veterans who usually don’t have a good professional photograph.

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Panoramas…You don’t need a specialized camera

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To accomplish the photo below, I took six frames by walking in front of the veterans and photographing at equidistant points. I then stripped the images together in a program called Arcsoft Panorama. The result is an enormously big image which can be blown up to show each veteran clearly.  I then went back to my studio and uploaded it to Costco in the Chicago area where it was brought to the airport and distributed to the veterans when they arrived.  Neat trick!  As I understand it, one of Honor Flight Chicago’s volunteers runs a taxi service which dispatches a cab to Costco and to the airport where it is dropped into the Veterans “goody bags.”

In the contact sheet (below), you can see that I separate the sequences of pan images by photographing my hand just before I take each sequence. This allows me to see where the pans start when I am putting them together in Photoshop or Arcsoft software programs.  Arcsoft is inexpensive and very capable.  Adobe is also very capable but “expensive”!  These software programs turn any camera into an incredibly versatile machine capable of competing with the most expensive DSLR cameras.

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The photographs below of Canton Akron’s 2011 flight were used by Smuckers Corporation (their corporate sponsor) for an annual report. I had originally planned on making the image with the Lincoln in the background but because of an unplanned marching band, had to quickly relocate to the Atlantic side of the Plaza. From the side of the Memorial, it took a few minutes to pose the hundred veterans and get them all in the picture but it worked.  Using the Atlantic ramp for height gave me a better view of the veterans. I managed (just barely) to get everyone in one frame. Obviously, the composition isn’t everything I hope for but it went to press!  As it was all going on, I also took a series of panoramic frames that were ready to be stripped together in a panorama if we couldn’t squeeze everyone in.

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When I make these group photographs, I always take one photograph of the veterans alone and then another with all of the volunteers. While we are assembling the group photo,  I ask the volunteers to take close up pictures of the vets with their cameras and then ask everyone to step back. This is where everyone has to cooperate. It is a critical time as the veterans are out in the sun (or rain) so make sure that the guardians are ready to get behind the principal photographer.  As wonderful as capturing these moments are, they are not worth discomfiting the veterans.

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The Wall of Stars is another particularly good place for small groups as is illustrated by this photo of Rhode Island’s first trip.  As always, I used the small flash on my camera to throw some light into the shadows caused by the visors of the Vets ball caps.  If the group is too big, you will end up backing into the fountains to accomodate them.  And if this occurs, go for the panoramic mode.  My Canon camera even has a “stitch assist” mode.  Some of the Sony cameras only need to swept across the scene and they put the pans together. Go Digital!!!

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Homeland Drive is the most difficult place to make group images. If you have more than twenty vets, they won’t comfortably fit into the area with the Pacific Arch as a background. When the Senators Dole are there, you’ll be hard pressed to find any room. I use the benches right along Homeland Drive to photograph but it’s always proves difficult to get a clear photograph. If you get caught having to make a group shot in this area, you might want to consider making a three shot panorama.  Again, I start left to right and photograph my hand before I begin the sequence. You should overlap by 40 percent in each panoramic frame. You will be amazed as you watch the software  make a seamless image out of several single files!

****I use a Canon S100 which is a sophisticated “point and shoot” camera with very wide angle capabilities (24mm to 120mm). Any camera similar to this with 10 or more megapixels is sufficient for any photography you need to accomplish.

Conclusion

If you like panoramas and you have some spare time, you’ll find the WWII Memorial is wonderful place to practice your photography.  Notice that the curves of the Memorial mimic the distortion of the panorama so it’s particularly appropriate for the subject matter.  Here are some more samples!  See you on the Mall!

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FOURTH EDITION HIGHLIGHTS https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/5/fourth-edition-highlights "DC PHOTO BOOK" HIGHLIGHTS 

I've had more than a few special moments traveling around the Mall with Honor Flight hubs. In the Arlington Cemetery section of the book, I used this picture from a Stars and Stripes flight as an example of the emotional impact these trips are capable of evoking.  This veteran from Wisconsin was able to take a little side trip to visit his nephew's gravesite.

_DSC8689HONOR FLIGHTA Stars and Stripes Veteran was given a special few moments with his nephew. Paula Nelson of Stars and Stripes allowed me along for this special and reverential moment.
When the WWII Memorial was just completed , we wondered if it was built too late to get WWII veterans to their Memorial.  Along came Honor Flight made of 129 hubs spread across the country in forty two states.  Honor Flight Chicago (left below) just completed its 100th flight to DC.  Honor hubs have moved 250,000 veterans and as many guardians.  There will be a celebration of the event on May 2.

HONOR FLIGHT CHICAGO (LEFT). I have photographed 97 of their flights and done one round trip from Chicago. On the right are scenes of WWII vets visiting the Memorials


Jim Fisher Director of the Korea War Veterans Memorial gave me a tour of the construction at the  Memorial which is due to open in July. When finished it should feel and look essentially the same with the concentration still on the platoon and the big addition a "Wall of Remembrance"--names of the Fallen which will be placed in a circle around the original pool and trees.  It will be more interesting and accessible with the Wall of Names and new entrances and walkways.  I got a look at the construction site and the new wall of names with the next printing. 

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The fourth edition will be hardcover and 160 pages retailing at $39.95. They will be sold and distributed through DC PHOTO BOOKS which is connected to the warehouse! I sent out an email to my quantity clients with the discount code on April 2, 2022. 

There is already a sale going on on the single books and you can get twenty percent off by typing in "kilroy" as you fill out the shipping information on the website.  This information goes to directly to the warehouse which ships usually same day.  The warehouse is in touch with ever changing shipping prices and aims to achieve the lowest price. They have been excellent advisors regarding shipping and are sympathetic to small enterprises.  


IMG_8463Frederick Douglas Memorial BridgeThe graceful lines of the new bridge lead you right to the Riverfront and Maine Street areas of the city.
The Frederick Douglas Memorial Bridge is finished and in the book.  The bridge visually pulls together the Capitol Riverfront and Anacostia neighborhood which is growing at a rapid rate.  I also managed to squeeze some pans of  the Channel area which used to be an old fish market and is now a glitzy waterfront and a restored marina complete with real life Senators! It's so nice that the War College feels threatened by daily leisure boat traffic.  Now I'm thinking since the Officers Club is right on the waterfront, this may be a matter of stomachs rather than security.

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POLICE ESCORTS https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/5/escorts-on-the-mall Looks like Honor Flight hubs will be getting support from the US Park Police once again. They save Honor Flights two hours minimum a day, make parking easier and the sight of five buses and a couple of escorts has become familiar to DC residents who often stop what they are doing and wave and salute.  It's become one of DC's signature scenes and a favorite activity of the veterans.  Who doesn't like being escorted through traffic?

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WWII MEMORIAL: JEWEL OF THE MALL REVIEWS https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/4/wwii-memorial-book-last-editon WWII MEMORIAL

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I thought it was an excellent book on the WW11 Memorial.I received a copy when I went on my Honor Flight in September 2015. The one I ordered I sent to my wifes Uncle,he is unable to go on an Honor Flight and he is a hero of WW11 receiving a Silver Star and A Bronze Star in Europe. Thank you for sending it to me.it arrived in great shape.

 

 


 

I thought it was an excellent book on the WW11 Memorial.I recieved a copy when I went on my Honor Flight in September 2015.The one I ordered I sent to my wifes Uncle,he is unable to go on an Honor Flight and he is a hero of WW11 receiving a Silver Star and A Bronze Star in Europe. Thank you for sending it to me.it arrived in great shape.

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My father a WWII vet was able to go on the Vets Roll trip of 2015 to see the monuments in D.C. after he returned I saw a copy of this book and was thrilled when I found it here. Best buy ever!

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This is a lovely book, but not as I expected. I had bought this for an elderly WWII vet and the inscriptions aren't written so he can read them. It does have a lot of nice photos.

Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2015

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Bought this book for my Dad on his return from Honor Flight ... he loves it.

This is an outstanding book on the WWII Memorial...the photographs and writing show that the WWII is alive a is truly the "Jewel on the Mall" in Washington, DC. I have give this as gifts to WWII Veterans that I know.

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Reviewed in the United States on June 12, 2014

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So impressed with our World War II Veterans and their service--a wonderful remembrance for any of them who make a visit to the Memorial--perhaps with an Honor Flight group

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My nephew Dan resurrected this recording he made some twenty years ago of my father's experiences during WWII. Like most WWII veterans, he is modest about his five year "vacation".  He joined the Naval Reserve a year before the war, was switched into the regular Navy (October 1940) and sent to Philadelphia where he trained.  The ships he eventually sailed on were reconfigured at the Sun Oil shipyards in Chester, Pa. to deliver oil to Pearl Harbor. Eventually those same Sun shipyards in Chester, Pennsylvania became Laran Bronze Foundry where the eagles and much of the bronze work was created for the WWII Memorial.  Parts of the Laran building were filled with old ship templates.

He volunteered for the newly formed Naval Air Service and was sent to Natal, Brazil to work on and fly in PBY Submarine Hunters.  All of our soldiers and sailors were given two salaries: one salary went home and the other they were encouraged to spend in Brazil to keep the economy sound. He joked that if nothing else, he learned to dance and sail during his time in Brazil.  A number of his squardron's PBY planes were lost to submarine activity along the Eastern Coast of South America.  

He did not live to see the WWII Memorial but enthusiastic in all things,  he would have been down at the site supervising the construction if he had. In fact there were a number of WWII Veterans who parked themselves near the construction site to watch.  When the eagles were still on the ground, I had the opportunity to write his name and service location on the inside of the Eagle.  This is the internal structure of the Eagle on the Southwest side of the Pacific Arch. This photo is in the WWII Memorial Book.

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250,000 VETERANS TRANSPORTED https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/4/250-000-veterans-flown Delighted to announce that the Honor Flight Network will be celebrating the 250,000 veterans flown milestone on May 3rd.  I am tickled that they chose to use my image of the WWII Memorial in its pristine state in the notices for the event. I normally do not license these images as I use them in the books but this seemed an exceptional case.  I will be out of town on assignment but understand it is being live streamed.  Congrats one and all!

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(STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY) dc honor photography travel veterans washington wwii https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/4/250-000-veterans-flown Wed, 27 Apr 2022 01:03:57 GMT
©HONOR FLIGHT BOOK https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/4/expanded-honor-flight-book small_Honor Flight srb 02142018_covervfongCOPYRIGHT STEPHEN R. BROWNThese images are copyright @Stephen R. Brown 2021 and not to be used without written permission  I met Earl Morse and Jeff Miller in the Spring/Summer of 2005 or 2006?  My book on the new WWII Memorial was just out and so I was at the Memorial frequently usually harassing the Park Service to put a bookstore there!  As an "interested party" I was at the first meetings which along with Jeff and Earl, there was Senator Dole and Brigadier General Pat Foote of what would become the Honor Flight Network. They would ultimately devise a network of hubs to fly all those veterans to DC.  Based on the correct "assumption that the guardian paying their own way and the veteran flying for free" worked out to more or less pay for the trip, they were off and running.  I decided to take notes and sixteen or so years later, here they are.

I was there frequently for World War II events and as the Honor Flights started rolling in. I began to get some pictures of the Memorial with ....Theresa Werner and her dancers, Dave Nichols and the Allied Airmen, George Kerestes, energetic hub leaders like Mary Petinato and record setting fund raisers and stadium filling doers like Stars and Stripes began showing up.  The White House News Photographers showed interest and newspapers and magazines began to do pieces on Honor Flight and the newly built World War II Memorial.  

My enthusiasm for the program is evidenced in the newly designed 98 pages which I have put up.  I began my career as a photogapher and writer for Time Life Books which was in the late 70's and 80's a going concern and a great place to learn to put books together. As I have often said..."better than working." We are on the planet for a short time and honoring our elderly is a noble cause.

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NINETEEN KNOTS: April 14, 2022 https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/3/progress-report 2022 Hard Cover2022 Hard CoverFourth Edition follows the same route but I have added Memorials and places that are new and interesting.

The books are at sea aboard the EVER FOCUS container ship.  I just checked the Marine Traffic app to see we've sailed through the Panama Canal and currently bound for New York Harbor and to my warehouse on May 26th.  I should be calling this the "Shipping News."

I am indebted to Asia Pacific Offset for managing to not only do magic with paper but deliver it!  My books may be traveling on the same ship as Paul McCartney's new LYRICS book which has the lyrics to "Hey Jude" embossed into the cover.  APO just finished printing 300,000 books of the ten pound books.  I saw a signed copy for $20,000.00 on ebay.  With the embossing and sheer weight and sizer, it looks like the ten commandments of rock and roll.

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FOURTH EDITION "DC PHOTO BOOK" HIGHLIGHTS

I've encountered more than a few special moments traveling around the Mall with Honor Flight hubs. In the Arlington Cemetery section of the book, I used this picture from a Stars and Stripes flight.  I am happy that I had a few trips around the Mall allowing me an idea of the depth and importance of the Honor Flight experience. 

_DSC8689HONOR FLIGHTA Stars and Stripes Veteran was given a special few moments with his nephew. Paula Nelson of Stars and Stripes allowed me along for this special and reverential moment.

When the WWII Memorial was just completed and not opened, we were wondering how we would get the veterans to their Memorial and along came Honor Flight and I use these images to show the power of the American people. Over 120 Honor hubs have moved 250,000 veterans and as many guardians. 

HONOR FLIGHT CHICAGO (LEFT). I have photographed 97 of their flights and done one round trip from Chicago. On the right are scenes of WWII vets visiting the Memorials


Jim Fisher Director of the Korea War Veterans Memorial gave me a tour of the construction at the  Memorial which is due to open in July. When finished it should feel and look essentially the same with the concentration still on the platoon and the big addition a "Wall of Remembrance"--names of the Fallen which will be placed in a circle around the original pool and trees.  It will be more interesting and accessible with the Wall of Names and new entrances and walkways.  I got a look at the construction site and the new wall of names with the next printing. 

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Some screenshots from the fourth edition which will be hardcover and 160 pages retailing at $39.95. They will be sold and distributed through DC PHOTO BOOKS which is connected to the warehouse! I sent out an email to my quantity clients with the discount code on April 2, 2022.

There is already a sale going on on the single books and you can get twenty percent off by typing in "kilroy" as you fill out the shipping information on the website.  This information goes to directly to the warehouse which ships usually same day.  The warehouse is in touch with ever changing shipping prices and aims to achieve the lowest price. They have been excellent advisors regarding shipping and are sympathetic to small enterprises.  


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The Frederick Douglas Memorial Bridge is finished and in the book.  The bridge visually pulls together the Capitol Riverfront and Anacostia neighborhood which is growing at a rapid rate.  I also managed to squeeze some pans of  the Channel area which used to be an old fish market and is now a glitzy waterfront and a restored marina complete with real life Senators! It's so nice that the War College feels threatened by daily leisure boat traffic.  Now I'm thinking since the Officers Club is right on the waterfront, this may be a matter of stomachs rather than security.

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I have two pages of images of the new Dwight Eisenhower Memorial across from the Air and Space Museum.  Like most of DC's statuary, it had its ups and downs and drama with architect Frank Gehry squaring off with Congress (great television!), the Eisenhower family in opposition and Senator Dole working as a mediator. I like the photographs so have no opinion. The statue of Eisenhower as a youth (below/top left) is worth the visit as it is one of the most beautiful sculptures I have seen.

Dwight D. Eisenhower MemorialAs always, conflict of opinion (which we already have too much of in this town) surrounded this Memorial .

 

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CAMERA TESTS https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/3/btw I rented a couple of  Sony mirrorless cameras to photograph Senator Dole's funeral at Arlington Cemetery. These are  the test images and in this first image, I also used the "replace sky" function in photoshop. Impressive but like the cameras, useful when you need them. I've been using Nikon for about twenty years and have collected a nice assortment of lenses and lights.

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FOR THE RECORD https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/3/for-the-record I've been keeping a diary of sorts through an old website which in its heyday (the 90's) was the largest photographic database on the internet.  Projects on the Chesapeake and DC which go back a ways so put up a link to my old site which I keep going because someday I'm going to learn wordpress!

You can never have enough websites!

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#REMEMBERING BOB DOLE https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/2/-remembering-bob-dole #rememberingbobdole is a collection of images pulled together by Instagram sorted hashtag with your image of Bob Dole.  These are a grouping of my images but Senator Dole was a popular guy with DC photographers and so there are quite a few pictures.  On your next visit to Instagram, type in 

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SENATOR DOLE'S FUNERAL: ARLINGTON CEMETERY https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/2/senator-doles-funeral Image 2-2-22 at 7.02 PMGENERAL MILLEY PRESENTS FLAGHe is handing the flag to Mrs. Dole who has Robin Dolt the viewers next to her.

The funeral of Senator Robert Dole.  I was originally invited as a guest but I asked to go as a photographer.  He and I spent a lot of time hanging out at the WWII Memorial and so it meant quite a bit personally  to see him off as a photographer.  Occasionally I'd get a particularly nice image and his daughter Robin would send me a note.  He was a handsome guy with an easy smile.  He put out the effort to shake hands with veterans so I tried to post the images so those mostly veterans who didn't have a camera could download them. I tried as much as possible to use their cameras.

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He's certainly been given a spot with a nice view... from one angle, you can see the Capitol.  I'd like to thank the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and the Cemetery staff for your help.  Mrs. Dole giving Bob a peck is the first image I've included in this series as she took great care of him and modeled her organization after her experience caring for him. 

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(STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY) blogs books dc dc photo book Dole flight honor honor flight memorial national park service photography Robert travel veteran washington wwii https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/2/senator-doles-funeral Thu, 03 Feb 2022 02:47:11 GMT
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He was a Senator and Presidential candidate who saw the world clearly.  Long after he left the Senate and ran for the Presidency, an issue would be solved, a law changed.... I took a certain pride in knowing the guy who made that stuff happen.  He took great pleasure in progress and worked for change in agriculture, education and healthcare....and of course veterans benefits.  I got to know him better when I starting documenting the WWII Memorial in 2001-2004.  He supported my being on the construction site and wrote the introduction to the book.  He then encouraged my participation in Honor Flight and from then on we saw a lot of each other!   

I was the only photographer present when he invited all the Senators and Congressmen who were WWII veterans to lunch in April 2004 at the World War II Memorial a week before it was opened.  It was a beautiful Spring day and we sat in the warm sun on the plaza and they told jokes.  I suppose it was his way of thanking them for their service and also for the site location which was a hotly debated subject. He knew the real cost of war and was a sensible force.

And yes...He would come down to the Memorial for most of a day and often.  He enjoyed chatting and would sit with veterans all day long if he could...and he did!

I'll miss you Bob.

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We are close to finished and the new images and pages all match up.   The nice thing about the ability to revise these books is the opportunity to watch the city grow and change and in my opinion for the better.  It's been a tumultuous time to live in DC but always interesting. 2022coverwoflaps2022coverwoflaps Screen Shot 2021-12-15 at 10.52.11 AMScreen Shot 2021-12-15 at 10.52.11 AM

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NATIONAL CATHEDRAL: A GRAND EXIT FOR BOB DOLE https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/12/the-national-cathedral-a-grand-exit-for-bob-dole bidentwobidentwo

Senator Robert Dole's life was celebrated at the National Cathedral today. President Biden spoke about his thirty year working relationship with Dole.  After the funeral, the motorcade  sped down to the WWII Memorial where Milley, Tom Hanks and Mrs. Dole spoke.

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Dave Nichols and I quite literally "missed the bus" to the WWII Memorial  and so we ended up stuck in the Northwest in an amazing traffic jam.  So we decided to make a nice lunch of it on a Friday afternoon and reminisce about Senator Dole and Honor Flight.   Honor Flight was mentioned by almost every speaker at the ceremony so Senator Dole had been spreading the word in powerful places.  He liked making things happen and considered any effort necessary to achieve his goals a pleasure rather than a chore. 

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I grabbed a couple of snaps of Dave Nichols and Carol Harlow.  
 

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HOLIDAY DISCOUNT: PUBLISHING NEWS 11/2021 https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/11/honor-flight-photos-a-limited-edition HOLIDAY DISCOUNT:  

Through the first of the year, there will be a twenty percent discount using the code "kilroy" as you check out. 

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DC PHOTO BOOK is the most comprehensive and up-to-date photo book on DC, the Veterans' Memorials and Arlington Cemetery.  It's success has been due to low price, high quality and a persistent author. It functions both as a memento for out of town visitors and as a desktop ornament in many homes and businesses in DC.  I get immediate feedback from the Guild of Guides and my many knowledgeable friends in the field.
 

Honor Flight has been a life-changer for the 250,000 plus veterans and untold numbers of volunteers and veterans who have had the experience of flying to DC.  It has changed communities and brought them together. The Network, the hubs and volunteers have preserved my faith in people and continue to bring us "good news" and I maintain there is such a thing.  I hoped to share a few memories in the many homes and families affected so positively by the Honor Flight Network.  I have distributed about 30,000 books separately or in the shrink wrapped sets. 

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I've left the Honor Flight book up on the web and it can be accessed by clicking on the picture.  I will be printing an updated shrink-wrapped DC PHOTO BOOK this Winter.  

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The "Kleenex Box on the Hudson" is extending itself outdoors with a new section called "The Reach".  Here a sculptural piece by Joel Shapiro called "Blue" is on display in the informal outdoor area.   

 

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CASUAL DAY ON THE MALL https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/9/drifting Interesting Day.  In the AM,  I ran into Tudy Giordano of Honor Flight DFW and Tina Lee of Honor Flight Austin and we had a chance to see each other "live".  DCA volunteers Tara Elizabeth, Andi Smith, Nancy Giffith were also there at the Iwo Jima Memorial and it was great to see them.  

After making a few group pictures with Stars and Stripes at the Iwo, we headed over to the Air Force Memorial.   I wandered and watched VIP Photography's Angela Wangrud do an amazing job of documenting this rich history we are making. Her company VIP supplies several photographers and then archives the images for the veteran and their family. 

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HONOR FLIGHT CHICAGO SEPTEMBER 16, 2021 https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/9/honor-flight-chicago-fall-2021 policemototriptwosolopolicemototriptwosolo buseschicago016buseschicago016
Honor Flight Chicago roared into the Iwo Jima Memorial with 250 people and Arlington County once again provided the escorts.  With sirens and lights blaring, they were an impressive sight as they cruised into the Iwo Jima Monument grounds.   We took a loop around the Memorial and we took off for the Air Force Memorial where the Air Force Drill Team put on a dazzling display.

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Next stop was the WWII Memorial which I always recommend for group photos because it is surrounded by symbolism and your veteran and sponsor will always have a reminder of the history involved.

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From there to the Korea, Lincoln and Vietnam where the veterans spread out.  I was enjoying an ice cream bar and conversation with a couple of the veterans when the skies opened up.  Wow!  Lightning, Thunder, flooding ...the works but no match for the well-prepared which I was not.  

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The Military Womens Memorial for 9.11 ceremonies concluded a 177 mile run to preserve the memory of the 177 servicewomen who laid down their lives in response to 9.11.  The run concluded at the gates to the Cemetery where CWS Phyllis J. Wilson, the new Foundation President gave a speech to the assembled group. Ms. Karen Durham-Aguilera, Executive Director of Army Cemeteries spoke followed by Alan Wallace, a Ft. Meyer fire fighter and first responder who said the Pledge of Allegiance. Alan was one of the firefighters on duty 9.11.

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I met briefly with the new Executive Director Cathleen Pearl and former Director Donna Houle who generously gave Honor Flight Chicago shelter in a horrendous rainstorm a couple of years ago!  We filled the auditorium!  She has been the backbone of the Memorial and has been promoted up the hill.  However, the new Director Cathleen Pearl is looking forward to seeing Honor Flights rain or shine!

The ceremony was closed down with a beautiful rendition of Taps by SSG Alicia Eisenstadt, USA.  US ARMY BAND

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INSIDERS VIEW https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/9/insiders-view While the Korea Memorial is under construction there is a limited view of the Memorial but there are ten pages in DC PHOTO BOOK which you can enjoy. DC PHOTO BOOK is without doubt the most comprehensive and elegant photo book on DC.  The books are printed yearly and updated with elegant and meaningful images.

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HONOR FLIGHT CHICAGO: BACK IN BUSINESS https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/9/back-in-business-and-in-the-news Image 8-18-21 at 9.39 PMImage 8-18-21 at 9.39 PM Honor Flight Chicago rolled into town today signaling the return of Honor Flights and Good Karma!  Jenny Brawley and Doug Mefley arranged for the Arlington Police to escort them into town so they were "styling" as they entered the Iwo Jima.   I used a long lens to capture this image which was used to head up Honor Flight Chicago's news website and then gifted as prints to the Arlington County Police Department.  The US Park Police motormen are apparently "short on personnel" and I have always found a nice print goes a long way. The motormen are extraordinarily proud of their jobs and it's a pleasure working with them.  

Prior to Chicago's arrival, I managed to make a few images of the Marine Silent Drill Team practicing.  As the veterans assembled and the team began to perform,  the skies opened up and you can see the volunteers ready with ponchos.  

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An hour later, we gathered at the WWII Memorial where I had a chance to witness the first ceremony of the new year and a more organized Honor Flight.   Congratulations to everyone involved.  It was fantastic!  Thank you. I haven't had that much fun in sixteen long months!

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WELCOME HOME! https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/8/welcome-home WWII REENACTORSWELCOME HONOR FLIGHT! Sid Wade and Sara Sheffield greeting vets at the WWII Memorial.

This Wednesday August 18th, Honor Flight Chicago will be the first Honor Flight to visit DC in some sixteen months. Sid and Sarah are holding my Honor Flight book currently only available with the DC PHOTO BOOK.  
 

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Keeping track of the construction and other obstructions to photography and tourism in Washington and the Mall requires scouting multiple trips and much idle gossip.  There are obscure laws which make photography difficult.  It took fifteen years before I was able to make these images of the Korea Memorial with the sculptor's permission which he would only discuss after he won a lawsuit with the Post Office.   In the case of the WWII Memorial, the  crane that I used to make the photograph was on site for six months before I was able to ask for the ride which enabled me to make some unique images.  

The DC PHOTO BOOK has ten pages devoted to Korea, ten pages devoted to Vietnam, four pages to the Women's Memorial at Arlington and another ten to the Cemetery.  It's particularly valuable this year as Korea is under construction and is a mess. 

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DEAR DR. FAUCI! https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/dear-dr-fauci MDear Dr. Fauci:Vaccinate Me!

I am fully vaccinated and my paperwork is done for Honor Flight. Getting through TSA is ALWAYS a hassle and so I have CLEAR and TSA membership and am thinking of having my vaccination card tattooed on my wrist... I am looking forward to seeing the Honor Flights back on the Mall.  Any advice on tattoos?

As you can see, it's a experience I wouldn't want to miss!

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VIRTUAL SUMMIT 2021 EXHIBIT https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/6/virtual-summit-2021 meredithfourHonor Flight Opening

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Welcome Back!  I have missed getting out to document the hubs and anticipating seeing you at the airports and on the Mall.   

You should have received a copy of my small Honor Flight Book this month.  As always, I look forward to continuing my documentation of Honor Flight and that has grown to ninety plus pages.  While I rarely take notes, I've sporadically keep a JOURNAL to remind me of the amazingly beautiful spirit of volunteerism alive in this country.   Over the past sixteen years, both the blog and Honor Flight have grown.  I've added some information in the blogs about the various memorials which may be helpful in your planning.  

I made the WWII Memorial Book as a tribute to my father who was a WWII Veteran and also as a tribute to the American craftsmanship which is embodied in these Memorials.  I hope my books which many of the Honor Flights gift to their veterans allow the veterans to "continue the day" with their families. 

There are four books/items described in detail at DC PHOTO BOOKS.  I recommend the "limited edition"  DC PHOTO BOOK as the most elegant of my productions and the best value as it is shrink wrapped with the Honor Flight book.  Insert the code "honorflighthub" into the discount box and you receive the discount.  The WWII Memorial book and the two postcard packs are automatically discounted.  I've set up the books and the boxes they come in for ease of handling and identification.  

The average delivery time nationwide is a week.  With the new shopping cart and warehouse, you will receive tracking throughout.  Any questions, feel free to call or text me.  I've updated my fine art website "srbphoto.com" and if you need me, call/text: 202-255-8635.  Email:  srb@srbphoto.com

Here's a contemporary price sheet of the available inventory:
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HONOR FLIGHT: BACK IN BUSINESS!! https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/6/honor-flight-is-back-in-business 20181010-IMG_1710September 2018.Welcome Honor Flight! After what may have been the longest fifteen months in history, Honor Flight has announced that after August 15th, hubs may fly.  So far I have Columbus checked in on the 16th, Chicago on the 17th and Stars and Stripes on the 28th.  More to come......

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Talked with Senator Dole the other day.  He's doing a piece for the Honor Flight Summit and we got to talking about his cancer which he is is optimistic about.  He's an amazing and inspirational man.

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ARLINGTON CEMETERY REOPENS https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/5/arlington-cemetery-reopens 20190618-_DSC603020190618-_DSC6030

PRESS RELEASE THANKS TO DANIEL ARANT: National Park Volunteer, Vietnam Veteran and Historian.

Ahead of Memorial Day weekend, Veterans Affairs officials are lifting all restrictions on visitors to veterans cemeteries across the country provided that they have been vaccinated against coronavirus. That means no masks, no social distancing and no limits on group size at any of the 155 national cemeteries, starting May 26. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are expected to continue wearing masks and avoiding crowds, in keeping with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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Officials at Arlington National Cemetery — arguably the best known veterans cemetery in America, but actually operated by the Army — are expected to announce new visitation rules for next week’s holiday soon. That site typically drew tens of thousands of visitors in the week before and after Memorial Day, but saw far fewer last year because of pandemic restrictions.

The mask and crowd size restrictions have been in place since last June, following a 10-week partial closure of the cemetery sites at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Funeral services have been ongoing but limited to small numbers of immediate family members. Public gatherings have been curtailed.

Officials said large-scale events typically held over Memorial Day weekend still will not be held at the sites this year, because of ongoing worries about mass gatherings. But individuals and families planning on visiting the cemeteries will be able to resume activities under the same protocols as before the pandemic began.

“For those of us in the VA and especially those in the National Cemetery Administration, Memorial Day is one of the most important days of the year,” acting Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Ron Walters told reporters on Friday.  “I’m sure many families will be happy to get the news that there will no longer be a limit on the number of people who can attend these services.”

VA officials could not estimate how many individuals may visit the cemeteries next week as a result of the loosened rules. Local staff have been conducting burial and committal ceremonies since last summer, and grounds crews have been maintaining sites throughout the pandemic.

“All of our district directors said that lifting [the restrictions] does not pose any additional challenges to the cemeteries,” Walvers said. “We’ve still had a cemetery representative there, the cemetery directors still needed to be there. Things were already kept up prior to the new

 COVID guidance.”

Families who had a small funeral service during the height of the pandemic can request a larger memorial service now if they want to include a larger crowd in their mourning. Walters said he does not anticipate those requests to add significant workload to staff.

VA officials will not be checking individuals’ vaccine status, but are asking all visitors to use common sense and respect other families by following vaccine guidelines and staying home if they are feeling ill.

About 93 percent of all veterans in America today live within 75 miles of a national or local veterans cemetery, according to the National Cemetery Administration.

 

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VIETNAM WALL ETCHINGS BY MICHELE SPRY https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/5/vietnam-wall-etchings-by-michele-spry _DSC2487Honor Flights transitioning to Vietnam Veterans
Michael O'Brien, NPS volunteer at the Vietnam Wall and I were talking about the transition of Honor Flight to Vietnam Veterans and the extra burden this puts on the National Park Service volunteers.  Approximately 50 percent of the names can only be reached by ladder and the rangers and volunteers are the only people allowed on the ladders so.  If the hubs and veterans know the location of the name beforehand, the process will go quicker.   Michele Spry of Central Missouri Honor flight has worked out a very efficient process for making the etchings and I asked her to write up her process.  

As you'll notice, she brings her own paper which she prints with the Missouri Honor Flight logo so it makes for a great framed piece. As soon as the flight lands Michele sets off by cab to the Vietnam Wall to make the etchings requested by Veterans and neighbors in the Central Missouri area. She has made as many as 80 etchings in two hours. I decided to ask Michelle to write up her formula for getting so many done.


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"Hey there Stephen R. Brown! 

Just wanted to follow up on our conversation from Monday about what we (Central Missouri Honor Flight) do for our Vietnam Veterans. Steve Paulsell saw a need and asked me to take this on many Honor Flights ago. I love that we do this as it's just one more service we can provide for our veterans on such an emotional yet memorable day in Washington, DC. I realize not every Honor Flight operates like we do (ie: meeting our veterans at a Pre-Flight meeting, then going on the Flight and having a Welcome Home Party 2 weeks later) however I think it would be somewhat easy to incorporate into their routine if they wish to add this memorable yet honoring piece of their trip. (It would certainly help the volunteers at the wall not to become so overwhelmed with names when they all arrive!)

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This is when we get to meet our veterans and go over what will take place for Flight Day. This is also where Steve announces that the 1/2 sheets of paper (see attachment - they are cut in half) on their tables are for any names that they would like looked up and etched (we call them etchings... I know this isn't correct but rubbings sound funny) we will do our best to find the names they request. Many times they know the names of the fallen and the date of their death. However, often times they may only know them by Butch Jones when their real name is Myron Jones for example (I just made that name up). There are many times it takes a little extra work to find a name... I have called High Schools to ask, looked up memorials online for a certain City and State to find a name or simply "got lucky".  

Typically when I research a name I start with Google.... I will type in the name followed by Vietnam Veteran (Rodney Griffin Vietnam Veteran) and it will show me a name on the Virtual Vietnam Wall of Faces. This will allow me to get a correct spelling of the veteran. (I also have a copy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Book that is at the top of the memorial that is carried with me to Pre-Flight and Flight Day for quick reference as well). If I need additional help finding a name I will call the veteran... amazing what you can accomplish talking to them and asking questions! Once I have all the names located with correct spelling and coordinates on the wall I begin to print out my packets.... 

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The packets start with a cover sheet (see attached) and then the 15-ish page packet of information on the history of the wall. (This information was pulled from the http://thewall-usa.com website) I do this to give them a little more knowledge on the wall, who designed it, how names are added and then give them some interesting statistics from the guys who were killed in action (see attached scrolling towards the back of the packet - really interesting). Then I start entering each name on the website http://thewall-usa.com and printing off what information it has about each name that was KIA. Again, just a nice touch to give them a little more detail about their brother, friend and who served with them. 

As far as Honor Flights that don't meet their veterans prior to Flight Day they could simply have someone make contact or send an e-mail (most Vietnam veterans have an e-mail or spouse that has one) requesting this information ahead of time. I look up names Flight night and while on the plane and buses - as well as while we are at the wall.

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After I print my packets and the names that were requested (see attachment of example) then we start adding the names to a spreadsheet (see attachment) and put them in order from 70 W to 70 E. We do this so that when I enter the wall at 70 W I can start etching (rubbing) the names without bouncing all around. It literally takes me a couple minutes per name to locate and do the etching (rubbing). The ones I can't reach I simply leave blank or put a star next to it and keep moving until I am done. Then I get a volunteer with a ladder and we begin moving in order from West panel to East panel until they are all done.

For each Honor Flight we usually get around 80-110 names (This time was much less but we still added another almost 20 names once I arrived to Flight Night - then I manually write names for lanyard).  I like to think I have a smooth process. (Of course when we get to DC I immediately take off in a Uber and go to the memorial so that I can focus and get it knocked out before our group gets there) 

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I forgot to mention that before we leave on Flight Night I put the coordinates of each name that our veterans request in the back of their lanyard so that when they get to the wall they have the exact location of each name they requested... if I got it prior to arriving at the wall. (Also nice that those names get to be with them the whole trip - another special touch) (You can see attachment as I cut them all into smaller pieces of paper to fit in lanyard) 

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Once the names are etched (rubbed) then I put them in the appropriate packets (I have a separate bag that has 9 x 12 envelopes with the print outs and just add the etchings (rubbings) on the airplane on our way home. They are separated into Red, White & Blue Buses (what bus they are traveling on) and when we land in St. Louis, MO I give these packets to the bus captain to put in a bag that each veteran receives on their way back home. This way they go home with the etching (rubbing) they requested. 

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I hope that makes sense.... it's a lot of work but something that once you get in a groove it is pretty smooth and works great! Just wanted to find those extra special touches that makes their trip even more special. As you know, the wall can be very hot and we try to keep the guys as cool as possible. We never tell them they can't do the etching themselves but let them know it has been done (I don't let anyone add their own etchings (rubbings) to my pile as I would be afraid it wouldn't get to the right person - most will take pictures, spend time at the name and sometimes leave something for that veteran. 

Most of the time it takes me 1.5 - 2 hours to complete.... mainly depends on how many I can reach (we talked about that) and how many I need the volunteers for."

 **In addition to her work with Central Missouri Honor Flight, Michele is an author of two children's books, a community and business activist and recently brought two World War II veterans together as well as the Corsair they flew during World War II.**
 

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AN INSIDER'S VIEW: LEAVING A COIN https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/5/an-insiders-view-leaving-a-coin 20190928-_DSC869620190928-_DSC8696

Leaving a penny means you visited and want to thank the veteran of the armed forces for their service. A nickel left at a grave means you trained at boot camp with the deceased servicemen, while a dime suggests you served with him or her. Paula Nelson of Stars and Stripes made this little side trip for a one of the veterans who wanted to spend a minute with his nephew. 
 

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AN INSIDER'S VIEW: THE CAPITOL BUILDING https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/5/an-insiders-view This photo of the Inauguration of President Ronald Reagan--the first held on the West Side of the Capitol appeared in LIFE MAGAZINE.  I am sure security will be in high gear this Summer so if you plan to visit, be prepared to be searched. 

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The East Capitol got an enormous and beautifully done renovation to make it easy for tourists to visit.  

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AN INSIDER'S VIEW: THE NAVY YARD https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/5/an-insiders-view-the-navy-yard The Washington Navy Yard requires Military ID and a phone call.  It is one of Washington's best kept secrets. In addition to the museum, the Navy Yard also houses the historians and record keepers for the United States Navy.  Dave Smith of San Diego found excellent speakers for his Saturday night entertainment through the yard.  

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The website has a new design and the shopping cart is in align with the inventory.  I have a new warehouse-- "International Fulfillment Corporation"--located just outside DC.  They have been a major upside to my little publishing business providing brains and brawn!  They have indexed the client list for shipping and helped me set up the shopify cart.  They also have a truck and make deliveries to hotels and places in DC where conventional carriers don't have access.  I have been working with them on a mailing which many of you will receive in the next month.  Honor Flight hubs will be getting a copy of the 44 page HONOR FLIGHT book and a list of available inventory.  For the price of a baseball cap, you can gift books which will serve as a reminder of your part in their special day of Honor.  

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I've recommended Zenfolio.com to you primarily as an inexpensive storage website for your images and want to remind you that Honor Flight gets a 20 percent discount.  On my website, we've taken advantage of the Zenfolio's many design features, eliminated the "BROWSE FEATURE" and substituted "SEARCH" boxes to speed your image search. If you are interested in prints, get in touch with the studio to confirm the specifications and I'll be happy to work with you to size and design.

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NO GREATER LOVE: GOLD STAR MOMS https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/5/no-greater-love-gold-star-moms Image 5-9-21 at 10.53 AMImage 5-9-21 at 10.53 AM

Two mothers making a difference. Founding an Honor Flight Network hub (Honor Flight of Greater Lafayette) @Pam Mow and Dana Vann are Gold Star Moms who I had the pleasure of meeting frequently on the Mall.

They began with the intention of taking a single trip for 84 World War II veterans and by the time they finished, they’d organized flights that carried roughly 1,800 World War II, Korean and Vietnam veterans and their guardians.

 

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AN INSIDER'S VIEW: WOMEN IN MILITARY SERVICE MEMORIAL https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/4/women-in-military-service Image 4-25-21 at 7.18 PMImage 4-25-21 at 7.18 PM

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WWII MEMORIAL SHOW AT THE WOMEN'S MUSEUM

Plan time to visit the WOMEN IN MILITARY SERVICE TO AMERICA Memorial(WIMSA).  DC PHOTO BOOK is the only publication that highlights the Women's Memorial. It is is one of the more significant yet invisible architectural triumphs in DC and probably one of the best-kept secrets in Washington, DC.  

Honor Flights have special access to Arlington Cemetery and WIMSA is an easy stop and an opportunity to register your women veterans.  Talons Out, Columbus and Rhode Island Firefighters have all had "women flights" (aka"Rosies") which featured the Memorial.  Brigadier General Pat Foote, one of the founders of WIMSA was at the first Honor Flight Summit and later spoke at an Honor Flight Summit. She is a dynamic and engaging person.

The interior has sweeping forty foot glass ceilings which blow vast amounts of light into the interior.   My show on the WWII Memorial was 440 feet long with 20×30 inch prints hung two high. It was in place for eighteen months and I loved going over there and hanging out! Great place to have a meeting!

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Don’t forget to take a stroll on the roof terrace.  The elevators are adjacent to the bookstore and there are steps on the sides of the Memorial.  Once you are there, you realize that you are in the center of the cemetery with a close view of the Lee Mansion and Kennedy's Grave.  

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SENATOR DOLE ASSUMES HONOR FLIGHT AMBASSADOR ROLE https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/3/senator-dole-assumes-honor-flight-ambassador-role

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Senator Bob Dole (above right)  has taken on a new role - Chair of the Honor Flight Association Ambassadors Program.

On a zoom interview, Senator Dole expressed his happiness accepting this new endeavor. “Honor Flight is a great program and I understand it’s going to be continued next year. Maybe I’ll be able to go down for one flight to say goodbye.”

I promise to be there!

For years, Senator Dole has been at the World War Two Memorial greeting Veterans who come to visit aboard an Honor Flight. The organization brings 20,000 Veterans a year at no cost to the Veterans to the World War 2 Memorial. Dole shared with me he so enjoys greeting the Veterans. 

"Shaking their hands, getting his picture taken with them, and sharing stories about their service."

 

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After three plus years of extraordinary leadership, Dave Nichols is handing the reins of Honor Flight over to Dave Smith (above), founder of San Diego Honor Flight.  David Smith's initial interest in Honor Flight was through his father's WWII experience and a trip with him to Pearl Harbor.  When he heard that there was no Honor Flight in the San Diego area, he created one which brings veterans for two nights and three days.  For the past decade, he has worked as a leader of the San Diego hub and an active member of the National Board and so is uniquely qualified to lead us. Below is a picture of San Diego's hub!

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Dave Nichol's ("Sparky") initial interest came from his being his father's guardian on a Rochester Honor Flight.  As Dave lives in the DC area, he was soon showing up to support every Rochester Honor Flight and soon became a member of the re-enactors group, the "Allied Airmen's Preservation Society" (aka Sparky).  He soon took control of Memorial Drive and the Park Police escorts began asking Dave where he wanted the buses.  During his tenure, he brought new tech to the organization of 131 hubs, flights and arrivals... and new leadership.  I was sure to meet him early every Super-Saturday. 

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Jane Julian another long time employee was responsible for the "Lone Eagle" program and managed to bring together a variety of veterans from all over the country for a weekend in DC.  She did it graciously and flew in from Louisiana and recently West Virginia to make the veterans comfortable.  She will be retiring this year. 

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A WARRIOR'S PASSING https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/3/a-warriors-passing Flags of Our Heroes was started by Dave Bauer, a Vietnam Veteran and long time Honor Flight supporter.  He passed away a week ago and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.  His program has been adopted by many of the Honor Flight hubs and so his contribution was large.  

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To my surprise, Senator Dole called today out of the blue to say that he was feeling pretty good given he had just had day one of his treatment. I think that he likes to share with fellow patients and I just finished a successful treatment myself.  The grapevine goes deep!  We chatted about the success and professionalism of Honor Flight which is his favorite cause.  His tenacity is considerable and for the first four or five years of Honor Flight, you couldn't stop him from talking about it.  Persistence works! 

We also agreed to get down to the WWII Memorial for a photo session when the weather gets warmer.  I'm looking forward to seeing him.  This picture was taken in 2005 for the introductory page of "WWII MEMORIAL: Jewel of the Mall"....still my favorite book and my favorite Senator! 

It was taken for  on a beautiful Spring day in 2005. Hundreds of people were strolling by the fenced-in construction area and when they recognized Senator Dole, they started waving.  He couldn't resist and went over to the fence and was pressing the flesh (fortunately for me on the other side of the fence or it would have been the end of the photo session).  After ten--actually twenty anxious--minutes I had to remind the Senator that we had six locations to go and a bunch of notables who also wanted their pictures with him.  At the end of the hour long session, he pointed to my daughter and said that "young lady didn't get her portrait with me."  His attention to detail is amazing and his ease with folks is legendary.  

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CENTRAL MISSOURI NOVEMBER 12, 2019 https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/9/central-missouri-november-12-2019 1080p
 

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I met Central Missouri Honor Flight at the airport where once again the DCA Honor Flight Volunteers performed the miracle of fish and loaves by getting the whole airport to stop and cheer while the Missouri veterans transited the airport.  You could sense an elevated positive mood alteration as everyone from shop keepers to travelers had stopped their busy day and were cheering for the veterans. I hang with some pretty well-traveled folks and Honor Flights are everywhere...even in the New York Times which did a great article on Honor Flight.  

The impact of Honor Flight extends into the community through travelers, families and countless thousands as they traverse the Mall. This Honor Flight gig could get addictive. Proof of that is our DCA volunteers who are at the airport morning and afternoon for every flight. 

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We had the good fortune to have Steve Jones as our motorcycle escort.  He is a classic "motorman" and dresses elegantly for a crazy and cold job particularly on this November Day!  With the short day that an Honor Flight hub bas in DC, the escorts save us approximately two hours of travel and parking time. We managed to get to every Memorial of note in six hours and get back to the airport on time.  On a warmer day, we might have lingered a bit but...

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ARLINGTON CEMETERY

 Our first appointment of the day was at Arlington Cemetery for the Changing of the Guards.  This Summer, the Tomb has been particularly crowded but it was empty today because of the cold weather.  We had the opportunity not only to see the changing of the guards but also a wreath laying put on by a local middle school.  

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For those of you unfamiliar with this ceremony, the Old Guard changes every hour in the Winter. When Honor Flight veterans are on the scene, they acknowledge their presence by scraping their heels as they go by.  Woe is the person who makes too much noice during the ceremony as a really embarrassing and noisy "dressing down"  follows.  

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The group portrait is done on the steps of the Amphitheater. I wait for Angela Barnes Barrett to set up the photo and take mine as soon as she's finished.  Good to watch these youngsters do all the work.  

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WOMEN IN MILITARY SERVICE TO AMERICA

We had a great stop at WIMSA and Director Donna Houle personally stepped out and gave a tour of the building and registered our three women veterans with their computer database.  The Memorial is under renovation at the moment and will soon have new displays. I am hoping to work on a photographic exhibit of women combat photographers.  Should be cool!

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IWO JIMA

When we arrived at the Iwo Jima  Memorial, Anika Oyen assembled the Marines to honor Elemer J. Dapron who recently passed away. A well-known Jefferson City business man and success story, he gave up his spot on an earlier Honor Flight to another veteran and passed away before he could join us today.  He fought both in WWII and Korea and was ultimately knighted by the Queen.  Pretty interesting for a guy who grew up homeless and taught himself to read.  

Anika distributed a handful of black sand from Iwo Jima beach in memory of Elmer. The thimbleful of sand which will soon wash away but our little ceremony will blossom in the memory of all who were present. Each hub has a flavor of its own and Missouri is marked by small moments like this which usually translate into great stories.... of which one Rodney Griffiin is a tale for another time (see the HONOR FLIGHT BOOK)...

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GRAND TOUR

The caravan then took the grand tour around town with a brief stop at the Navy Memorial.  A sailor at heart, I was disappointed to see that the water from the seven seas and the Great Lakes was not in the gorgeous fountains.  We did however get to pose with the "LONE SAILOR" and commemorate a veterans life with a photo.  

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WWII MEMORIAL PORTRAITS

It was absolutely frigid by time we got to the WWII MEMORIAL but we had an hour to get the few WWII Veterans out to see their Memorial and make a few images.

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KOREA, LINCOLN AND VIETNAM

Our next stop was the South circle adjacent to Lincoln and we had choice spots by the concession stand which despite the cold served up a Dove bar...you gotta stay warm! Energized, I wandered over to Korea and began organizing the Korea Veterans who surprisingly had stayed together making this photograph of all of them possible.

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I spent the remainder of the trip discussing book publishing issues and trying to get a feel for whether the soft, hard and "limited edition" books were most popular.  Publishing on a yearly basis gives me a chance to update and improve the books and there is economy in focus.  

I've been reading a lot of Bill Gates and Steven Pinker and will be working on my Honor Flight and DC PHOTO BOOKS publishing projects.  Looking forward to 2021 where we will all be vaccinated and flying.  DC is not the same without you!



 

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FLIGHT OF CHAMPIONS: STARS AND STRIPES 10/19/2019 Part Four Homecoming https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/9/flight-of-champions-stars-and-stripes-10/19/2019-part-four-homecoming Homecoming

It's hard to describe the intensity of easily 5000 plus people lined up in a gauntlet which it's a pleasure to run and run I did.  By time everyone it was over, I had traversed the walk probably ten times and each pass brought new pictures.

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FLIGHT OF CHAMPIONS: STARS AND STRIPES 10/19/2019 Part Three https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/9/flight-of-champions-stars-and-stripes-10/19/2019-part-three MAIL CALL

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We arrived back at BWI after another exciting United States Park Police escort.  It's amazing how traffic disappears when you have a couple of motorcycles leading the way.  As a photographer, I am used to be searched "thoroughly" and this being the second Honor Flight I've flown with, I am amazed that we cruise through security without stopping.  The last time I wasn't searched, I was traveling on Air Force Two with Ronald Reagan!  Presidential Treatment!

About 30 minutes into the flight all of the volunteers began assembling for mail call. This is a much talked about Honor Flight tradition and so I was particularly anxious and grateful to be present for this.  It was everything I imagined and the emotional reaction of the veterans was deeply felt.

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As we were descending into the airport, Quarterback Bill Schroeder made a farewell speech from the front of the plane and not only was he moved to tears but I suspect everyone on the plane felt the same.  It's hard to focus when you are tearing up.  I made one good frame and it summed up the day. 20191019-_DSC056520191019-_DSC0565

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FLIGHT OF CHAMPIONS: STARS AND STRIPES 10/19/2019 Part Two https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/9/flight-of-champions-stars-and-stripes-10/19/2019-part-two Once aloft, the Green Bay Packers showed why they are so loved by their Wisconsin fans. As soon as the seat belt sign was extinguished, the Packers were out of their seats, shaking hands and signing anything and everything offered. They were absolutely industrial and signed throughout the 90 minute flight.  

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BWI ARRIVAL

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As we arrived at BWI, we got the water cannon salute and as we deplaned,  there were a couple of hundred well-wishers lined up at the gate and more scattered along the hallways as the veterans headed for the buses.  Dave Nichols and Meredith Rosenbeck were on hand to greet all three planes.  Glen was also on hand

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And we are off for another fun filled United States Park Police escort which was thrilling, action packed and always a crowd pleaser.  Time is always short and so we were off to our only appointment of the day:  the Tomb of the Unknown. Honor Flight is I believe the only organization that the Cemetery allows to bring buses.  Having walked the hill, it's a pleasure to ride!

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IWO JIMA MEMORIAL

Next stop the Iwo Jima Memorial where we assembled for individual and group photos with the players. One of the great luxuries of the day for me was that VIP Photography was on the job and set the group photographs up. This group photography business is nerve wracking as you have approximately 150 people who are not paying attention but will be disappointed if they can't see themselves in the print.  And you have to do it perched on a wheelchair! HERDING CATS!

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CONTINUED IN PART THREE WHERE WE FLY BACK TO GREEN BAY

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FLIGHT OF CHAMPIONS: STARS AND STRIPES 10/19/2019 Part One https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/9/stars-and-stripes 20191019-_DSC0602MVP@LeRoy Butler escorts a veteran through the sea of well-wishers that turned out to greet this "Flight of Champions" For me the perfect way to finish up a perfect day. I heard that Stars and Stripes had been approached by the Green Bay Packers to do a special flight with retired Packers players as guardians.  The Packers promised to get the Brewers and the Bucks and better yet, raise the money for the flight.  A deal you can't refuse and an opportunity to get three planeloads of veterans to fly to DC!  So it was called "Flight of Champions" and indeed it was!

I called Paula Nelson and managed to get a seat promising to share the images with all the parties involved. I needed more homecoming images as I had only flown with Chicago several years ago and needed some variety.  

I arrived in Green Bay the night before the flight and was met by an eager group of volunteers who I photographed at Lambeau Field--Wisconsin's Field of Dreams!  While all the volunteers are long time Stars and Stripes veterans, this was a new airport and a new organization.  Two hundred plus veterans and guardians had to be registered for the flight, served breakfast, flown to DC, toured about and then greeted by five thousand plus people that night. Who's in Charge?...Paula Nelson.  

In Milwaukee, there were two more flights loading up.  Stars and Stripes is known for "going big" and in the past filled a stadium with fifty thousand people for an Honor Flight event and routinely flies the largest groups of veterans.  

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_DSC9931FLIGHT TIMEAt 4AM, a planeload of veterans lines up for registration for their Day of Honor.

After a good breakfast, as the veterans and guardians board the plane and as they do, VIP Photography takes pictures which in addition to their use for security and advertising also serve the veterans for their everyday photo use. Not many of us has a professional picture in these days of iPhones.  VIP has been an important patron of Stars and Stripes as they professionally take and archive the photos from each flight.  

After the Pledge of Allegiance and some words from local civic leaders, we were off and started our flight with a water cannon salute.  Packers alumni Jared Abbrederis, LeRoy Butler, Jarrett Bush, Johnnie Gray and Bill Schroeder were on the flight and no sooner were we airborne than they were shaking hands, signing autographs and bantering with veterans.   

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I was seated right across from Leroy Butler, the originator of the Lambeau Leap and the original Mr. Nice Guy. He and the other players participated fully in the day available at any moment to chat, shake hands and sign everything from t-shirts to hats.  And having spent the day with LeRoy, it was hard to believe his ferocious reputation on the field! _DSC0096cropLeRoy ButlerHe played in 181 games, earned a Super Bowl ring, for Super Bowl XXXI, following the 1996 season, was selected as an All-Pro four times and was selected to the Pro Bowl four times (1993, 1996, 1997, and 1998). He was named to the 1990s NFL All Decade Team, by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and was later inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, in 2007. On November 6, 1997, the Green Bay Packers signed Butler to a five-year, $15 million contract extension that includes a signing bonus of $5 million.[5] On October 7, 1999, the Green Bay Packers signed Butler to a three-year, $21.50 million contract extension that includes a signing bonus of $1.63 million.[6]

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SAN DIEGO MAY 5, 2019 https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/6/san-diego-may-5-2019 There were ten plus Honor Flights coming into BWI this morning and so I found myself going through security multiple times as I tried to greet several flights.  San Diego came in near the end of the day so I was able to spend some time with them and then take the bus with them over to the BWI Hilton. Dinner was served and Rear Admiral Crow gave an amazing talk on the five ships that had the name USS San Diego.  The Admiral is chief historian at the Navy Yard in SE DC and his office keeps track of the millions of items that are part of a ship's inventory.  

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I was at the WWII Memorial to photograph Senator Dole yesterday. And while I intended to make a few frames and leave. Nevada and Columbus came in together and some four hours later, the last Honor Flight left and Senator Dole and I packed it up and headed home.  

Due to scheduling, I have been missing Columbus. Today I managed to meet the new Honor Flight Columbus lead Pete MacKenzie, Beth Johnson and Cindy Kanwar.  As they had not planned a group shot, they left it to me and we managed to round up ALL of the veterans which took a few minutes.  The volunteers and tourists kindly obliged my constant pleas to move back and we managed to get it done.

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Beth Johnson has been doing an amazing job of social media and web for Honor Flight Columbus and she had her day with her today on his birthday.  Cindy Kanwar and I after many posts exchanged on Facebook finally had our selfie in person and Pete MacKenzie's daughter Melanie met the buses on Homeland Drive.  

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BLUE RIDGE HONOR FLIGHT 05-04-2019 https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/5/blue-ridge-honor-flight-05-04-2019 This was Blue Ridge's first flight into BWI and they used Allegiant Airlines to save money.  Not much of an inconvenience as the Park Police provided an escort down the BWI parkway and right into town.  

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SUPER SATURDAY MAY 12, 2019 https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/5/super-saturday-may-12-2019 Too many hubs to plan anything so I decided to motorcycle around the Mall to see how many hubs I could catch.  A bit random but it worked out nicely.  At the WWII Memorial I found Dave Nichols aka: "Sparky" and Keith Gentry.  The BWI Brownies had just escorted the Long Island hub from BWI to the WWII Memorial.  The Brownies have escorted hundreds of hubs to the Memorials and routinely greet them around the Mall.  

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Next, Korea where I found Stars and Stripes forming up for a group picture. As usual, they had two groups of five buses alternating around the Mall. Amidst the crowds and chaos and wailing sirens, Paula Nelson remains unflappable. Stars and Stripes has always been of the "go big or go home" approach and she carries on the tradition.

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I followed Stars and Stripes to the Air Force Memorial, took a few images and then...

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...over to the Vietnam Memorial where I found Ron Newsum of Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight (Eastern Iowa) and his veterans.  The switch to Korea and in particular Vietnam has been an easy one and as most of the veterans are around my age, we always end up chatting for a good while. I was at the Wall the day it opened and slept on top of the Wall to secure my position.  That photo is in DC PHOTO BOOK.   

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As I was leaving, Stars and Stripes five bus "B group" was filtering into the Memorial with Angela Wangrud, Stars and Stripes principal photographer who was working with a group of veterans at the Wall.

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The roster called for seven of the flights to converge on the WWII Memorial in the afternoon. I arrived to find Stars and Stripes Alpha team already there with good friend Jody Baber Mclain of Badger Honor Flight pushing a chair to help out. She is pictured with C. Patrick McCourt who works with the "Allied Airmen's Preservation Alliance" as a greeter.  He is a "frequent flier" at the Memorial.

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While chatting with Jody, I mentioned that I thought the hubs were crowding each other at the WWII Memorial in the afternoon.  Turns out as most of these veterans were Korea/Vietnam, all the hubs had chosen to concentrate on Korea and Vietnam in the AM while the vets were fresh.

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After that, I had the opportunity to take a walk aound the Memorial with Leatherstocking Honor Flight's Jim and Barbara Furlong.  

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As we were strolling around, we met a veteran who was having an emotional time of it and Barbara seemed to know when to hug him and settle him down. While Honor Flight makes no claim to healing, a nice hug at the right time might be just the thing!

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I have been doing Leatherstocking's photo for years and since they decided to do it at the Lincoln, I hopped on the bus.

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BWI WELCOME 05-04-2019 https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/5/bwi-welcome-05-04-2019 _DSC5134Glen Anderson directs Blue Ridge Honor Flight vets to bus

Living in DC, it's much easier to get to Reagan Airport than BWI but I wanted to cover the ground crew there as well for future publication.  Not being a morning person, I stayed at the BWI Hilton Friday night so I could get a little extra sleep in the AM.  This allowed me to greet San Diego Honor Flight Friday afternoon and Blue Ridge in the morning.  There were nine water cannon salutes and I missed every one of them!  Guess that tree didn't fall!

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HONOR FLIGHT SATURDAY 04/27/2019 https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/5/honor-flight-spring-saturday-04/27/2019 _DSC4115Honor Flight Maine with banners blowing.
Breezy winds kept the banners blowing and the spirits high on this beautiful day in April.  There were ten hubs on the roster and i spent the day at the WWII Memorial and managed to photograph six. The gusty winds were pleasant as was the temperature but communicating with the groups was impossible with so I did a lot of waving and gesturing.  It worked ...more or less.   

Minnesota Honor Flight was accompanied by Tami Stieger so I let her do all the work and then slipped in and made a few pictures.  The group was small enough that they fit against the Wall of Stars.

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Cleveland was a small enough group that I was able to make a photograph of them from the side and I very much like the final composition.  

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As the winds got stronger during the day, i kept moving the groups away from the fountain.  Everyone was very helpful in making the photographs possible. 
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Honor Flight has become so well known that tourists and school children all lined the walkway from Homeland Drive to the Memorial.  It's always quite touching to see everyone greeting the veterans.

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Senator Dole showed up around noon and stayed for three hours shaking hands with veterans, tourists and international visitors as well.  

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GREATER PEORIA HONOR FLIGHT 04/30.2019 https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/4/greater-peoria-honor-flight-04/30-2019 20190430-_DSC4763Greater PeoriaThree photographers made the setup easy

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GREATER ST. LOUIS HONOR FLIGHT...April 20,2019 https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/4/bus-tales-part-three-april-20-2019 IMG_0287IMG_0287
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Arriving at the WWII Memorial, I found Greater St. Louis Honor Flight just getting off the buses. With no agendas or specific photos to be taken, I wandered down with flight leader Rolando Lopez into the Plaza.

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Rolando said he had a special guest with him and suggested I ride with him over to Arlington. The special guest was Marine Corps Drill Sgt Helen Bidnick Kevrick, the first women Drill Instructor in the Marine Corps long history.  On our way up to see the Changing of the Gaurds, we stopped by the Women in Military Service Memorial where she was given a plaque commemorating her service.  

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As the Changing of the Guard ceremony concluded, I ran into Brian Ziegler and @Jodi McClain who needed a group photograph taken and shipped to Wisconsin. I left Rolando and assembled both the veterans and then the veterans and the guardians.  We didn't make the deadline but it was a fun picture to take.

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TALONS OUT...April 20,2019 https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/4/bus-tales-part-two-april-20-2019 The 9/11 MEMORIAL

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The 9/11 Memorial was our first stop.  It's an understated Memorial to the lives lost that day.  Laid out by the age of victims, the benches point towards or away from the Pentagon to indicate whether they were in the building or the plane. 

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From the 9/11, we worked our way over to the Iwo Jima Memorial where the veterans posed for pictures. There is construction on the steps on both the East and West sides of the Monument so watch your veterans and warn them.  

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The Air Force Memorial has become a favorite spot for Honor Flights to take a break, have lunch and gather thoughts as they proceed through the day.

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DCA HONOR FLIGHT ARRIVAL...April 20,2019 https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/4/riding-buses 20190420-_DSC372520190420-_DSC3725

I had the opportunity to visit with three Honor Flights this Saturday and work the crowds at the Reagan gates and take two group pictures. The DCA Honor Flight Greeters hooked me up with a gate pass and so I was able to photograph both Dayton Honor Flight lead by Al Bailey who has been doing this since 2005/6 and Talons Out Honor Flight lead by Bobbi Bradley. As they arrived, they were greeted with the customary water arch in tribute and as they deplaned by throngs of people, bands and bystanders who stuck out their hands to say thanks.  Greg Locher and Carol Cloyd from American Airlines made sure all went well at the gates. A few of the greeters will spend the rest of the day as either volunteers or tour guides for the hubs.  

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Talons Out had 84 Veterans total.  They were 14 WWII Vets, 14 Korean War Vets and 56 Vietnam Veterans.  They are planning two to three more flights depending on how fund raising goes.  

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After leaving the gates, we boarded the buses and were met by our Park Police escorts among them Steve Jones, motorman extraordinaire.  He's got the loudest bike in the fleet and watching him break up traffic or a crowd on the bike is just amazing.  With the tie and the new motorman's cap, he was looking sharp. No matter what kind of ride you're on, you can't be cooler than a motorman!

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Kevin Mont pictured below with Angela Petit was the bus driver. As he's a retired police officer himself, the relationship  between he and the escorts is solid.  I'm still holding my breath thinking about the buses weaving pretty nimbly behind the cycles and the officers dashing into intersections while waving cars over. I haven't had that much fun since I worked traveling pool at the White House. It is apparently the most remarked on activity in the Honor Flight Day. We are lucky to have the escorts as it saves two plus hours per day.

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To be continued

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ON THE ROLL: RHODE ISLAND WOMEN -4/06/2019 https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/4/on-the-roll-rhode-island--4/06/2019 Rhode Island Firechiefs HF All Women Veterans Flight

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George Farrell and his team from Rhode Island were inspired to do an "all women" vet flights and with the support of the Federated Women's Clubs of America and other donations, they managed to get the ladies down here and show them their memorials.  Their first and longest stop was at the Women's Memorial just before they traveled up to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  

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I met them at the WWII Memorial and managed to get a few pictures of the assembled dignitaries.  George managed to get Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole and Senator Jack Reed and Senator Maggie Hassan assemble as the women got off the bus. They were a boisterous and good natured group and Sparky and I went over to Arlington to join them for dinner. 

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ON THE ROLL--HF 4/06/2019 Rochester https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/4/on-the-roll--hf-4/06/2019-rochester _DSC3485_DSC3485

Rochester Honor Flight was escorted by the BWI Brownies a motorcycle group lead by Keith Gentry, a retired Maryland policeman.. They have been meeting Honor Flights for five or six years now and add to the sense of welcome at the WWII Memorial.  Like everyone in Honor Flight, they have been changing it up lately by meeting groups not just at the airport but also escorting them at the various Memorials.  ;

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Vince Wilson and the Gotta Swing In Support of Honor Flight is a regular greeter.  
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George Kerestes has been a volunteer since before the Memorial opened.  He would show up in a business suit with an American Flag tie and greet some of the veterans who were hanging out watching the construction. 
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ON THE ROLL--HF 2019 AUSTIN https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/4/on-the-roll--hf-2019 Austin

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It was a beautiful day in Paradise as @Honor Flight Austin lined up for pictures.  Lead by Tina Lee and Alan Bergeron they assembled for pictures both outside the book store and on the Mall with both the Lincoln and the Washington for backgrounds.  Talk about nice choices!

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One sign of Spring in DC is monumental traffic around the Cherry Blossoms.  Seven Honor Flights plunged into gridlock but no problem...Park Police escorts simply closed Independence for a few minutes while they brought the buses against traffic from the Lincoln to the WWII Memorial.  

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Lauren Burycka and W.Bart Smith of Honor Flight DCA with Christina Bauer of The Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington DC put on an introduction to twenty five Guild Members interested in volunteering with Honor Flight hubs. Guild members are required to go through intense training and licensing. They are incredibly knowledgeable about the city and its history and as a book publisher, valuable allies in documenting the city.  

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Guild Guides like Jodi Alleva Swacha and Laura Nelson-bolick are already volunteering frequently and Honor Flight DCA is looking for volunteers to serve more hubs.  As a "Friend of the Guild", I got an invitation and stopped by to see the presentation which was extraordinarily moving. It inspired a room full of guides to volunteer.  Honor Flight DCA  has developed into a full service organization to serve hubs coming into DC.  Lauren was going to be leading a tour of Arlington Cemetery for new volunteers so Honor Flight is turning into an opportunity to learn about the city.  In fact, Bart Smith's voluteering with Honor Flight hubs ended him up in the Guild where he serves as Treasurer. 

The meeting was held in Terminal A, the old part of Reagan Airport and the area is filled with romantic pictures of the airport when air travel was more hospitable.  

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HONOR FLIGHT SUMMIT 2019 https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/2/honor-flight-summit-2019 _DSC3098_DSC3098

Honor Flight continues to grow and prosper. Dave Nichols (aka: Sparky) has streamlined operations and the board's choice of new CEO Meredith Rosenbeck to run the organization has certainly upped the Network game. Summit talks covered security, health, chartering, transition and general veteran care. Meredith handled legal affairs for the Network prior to this so she's familiar with the issues hubs have.  

The new phone app allowed attendees to move between sessions with ease and make the most of the short time we have for the Summit.  On Sunday I was the very much surprised recipient of a flag ceremony performed by Dave Bauer and Jerry Keyser. Quite an honor! 

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BADGER HONOR FLIGHT https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/12/badger-honor-flight-memory-lane 20181103-IMG_4469DCA VolunteersDCA Volunteers gather for Badger Flight's Jody McLain and Brian Ziegler's retirement from their current positions as Chair and Flight Coordinator for Badger Honor Flight.

Honor Flight DCA put together a special welcome for Jody McClain and Brian Ziegler on their last flight as leaders of Badger Honor Flight. It's obvious that the mission has created strong bonds and friendships so it got a bit misty at the end of the day.  It was a full bore reception with bands, crowds, flags and lots of color.  For a photographer who likes color, it was sensational! 

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20181103-IMG_4607HERDING CATS89 veterans plus 89 guardians plus the medical crew for approximately 190....possibly an HF record for this location! Jest saying....

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Paula Nelson and Jody McClain cross paths at the WWII Memorial.  These two young ladies are midshipmen at the Naval Academy.
 

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SOUTHERN COFFEE COUNTY KANSAS HONOR FLIGHT 11/2018 https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/11/southern-coffey-kansas-honor-flight-11/2018 _DSC3050Family ReunionJeffrey True (left) with Bob Harred (2nd from right). The guardian is his grandson, Cooper Harred (far right). He is a junior at SCC. The Marine is his other grandson, Bryce Joonas who surprised him at the Iwo Jima Memorial.  
Jeff True a high school a 29 year social studies teacher and leader of Southern Coffey Honor Flight let me know they were going to be at the Iwo Jima Memorial.  I have known Southern Coffey for a long time now as I have always been impressed by the fact that students raise the funds to pay for the Honor Flight and act as guardians. Quite an undertaking especially as it is a multi-day trip.
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I asked Jeff True about Southern Coffey's flights and he said:

"We had 24 veterans paired with 24 high school guardians. We had 8 other adult guardians, including a medical doctor from our local hospital. We always pair up a veteran with one of our high schoolers. It is pretty AMAZING to see the interaction and bonds that are created between the two different generations. We would never consider doing it any different!

We always take 56 people total because that is the number that fills a charter bus. Our trips cost just over $30,000 per trip, and we take two trips per year. One in April and one in November. We have transported 430 veterans in the 15 trips that we have done so far. Planning our 16th trip for April 11 and 12, 2019.
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All who go on the trips go at NO cost to them. The money for our trips is raised in a wide variety of ways. Our students and two communities of LeRoy and Gridley, Kansas work throughout the year to help raise money to fund our trips. Both towns combined have a population of around 900. Our high school this year has a total of 63 students in the top four grades.

We receive a lot of generous donations from individuals in the area. Also receive funeral memorial contributions from family members of deceased veterans who had made the trip with us in the past. Our local Mason's group has raised and donated over $100,000 to us in the past three years. We have raffles, breakfasts, 5K runs, etc. I had a  little  kindergarten student donate $75 to our Honor Flight  after she sold lemonade on a Saturday last  month. It is really remarkable where the money comes from!"..." Our Honor Flight hub was started by Mike Kastle. He is now the hub coordinator for the Parsons High School Honor Flight."

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(STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY) blogs coffey dc honor honor flight kansas memorial national park service photography southern travel washington wwii https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/11/southern-coffey-kansas-honor-flight-11/2018 Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:45:00 GMT
RAIN OR SHINE: CENTRAL MISSOURI HONOR FLIGHT 11/5/2018 https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/11/rain-or-shine-central-missouri-11/5/2018 20181105-IMG_4808RAIN OR SHINEArlington National Cemetery on a rainy morning in November

What a treat!  Arlington National Cemetery in the rain on a Fall Day with the foliage turning. Riding along with Central Missouri Honor Flight with my photo colleagues William Greenblatt Photography and Angela Barnes Bennett.  We are no strangers to rain and neither are our veterans.  We're just hoping the cameras make it through the day.  

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Out of the heavy rain, a group of students showed up and greeted the veterans as we were walking to the Tomb of the Unknowns. As it turns out, Nanci Banks Bush a guide and fellow member of the "Guild of Professional Tour Guides of DC" had been tracking our progress from the airport on Facebook and met us there and later at the Iwo Jima Memorial. She has been recruited to DCA Volunteers Honor Flight as a volunteer guide to hubs.

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On the way out of the Cemetery, we stopped by the Women in Military Service to America Memorial and checked the registry.  Our ladies were up to date.  And we stopped at the Sea Bee Memorial to make a few photographs.  Missouri seems to have "customized" the tour as we make stops dependent on the individual veterans.  

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 A brief stop at Iwo Jima to photograph our marines.

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At the Lincoln, we assembled for a group photograph with the veterans facing the Lincoln  with their back to the reflecting pool and Washington Monument.  The reverse image with veterans back to the Lincoln is in my opinion cluttered with the many tourists on the steps along with the columns behind them makes for a confusing image.  In "Herding Cats", this is the "money shot."  It summarizes all your efforts which are visually supported by the vast Washington Mall behind you.  It also leaves room for type in your print and social media efforts. 
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Michelle Sprye and Steve Paulsell worked on fifty five etchings (rubbings from the Wall) and I will soon have Michelle write a guest post how these unique gifts are done.  Missouri is the only hub that I know that does this and it's a great souvenir especially as Honor Fight is ramping up with Vietnam Veterans.

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The WWII Memorial 

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AND ON TO AIR FORCE MEMORIAL AND DINNER!

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Super Saturday October 20, 2018 https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/10/super-saturday 20181010-IMG_1710Paradise

This has been an excellent year for Honor Flight coverage as I developed the theme with last year's book and so have been covering in a more disciplined fashion.  By riding along with hubs during the week and covering Saturdays at the WWII Memorial, I've accumulated enough material for a new publication. This Super Saturday was a extraordinary as I was able to revisit and update hubs in different locations.  

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Quarters One, Twilight Tattoo and Army Salute Awards https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/10/quarters-one-twilight-tattoo-and-army-salute-awards 20181015-IMG_3541Jeff Miller and Earl MorseHonor Flight has taken all of us for a wonderful ride and this night was no exception.

If you love parades, this was not to be missed. This day long event was a salute to civilians who have made significant contributions to veterans. Jeff and Earl received the award along with Jaspen Boothe, Founder and President of Final Salute and Ted Leonsis, Owner of the Washington Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. For our boys, it was a daylong trek around Fort Meyers, a tour of the Pentagon and laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns with an Honor Flight in attendance!  Go Team!

General Mark A. Milley knows how to put on a party! He has the troops and talents to display the Army's best and he spared neither in his praise of the awardees.  Dave Nichols, friend Laura, my wife June (a long-standing Honor Flight widow) and new CEO Meredith Rosenbeck, board member Theresa Werner and friend and Gottaswing dancer James Martin, and John W. Mccaskill of the Allied Airmen all arrived early. We had time before the party to admire the view from the hilltop adjacent to the Milley residence known as "Quarters One". I've been up there for news assignments but never had time to take in the Olympian view of DC.  Has to be great for fireworks! 

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The houses in this little community are beautiful red brick 19th Century style and meticulously maintained.  "Honor Flight" folks got a special tour of the General's souvenir room. He's got quite a collection of memorabilia from various campaigns, tours of duty and family items as his father fought in WWII and landed in Normandy. Naturally Honor Flight is close to his heart.  He is the Army's Chief of Staff and its best salesman.  He is also a man who's "on time" and used to getting the troops going so we were shepherded out of the house and bused over to Comney Hall for the ceremony.

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THE CEREMONY

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After the ceremony, General Milley who's even better at "herding cats" than I got everyone back aboard the buses and to his house where an assembled group of musicians played a set of songs chosen to suit each honoree.  We gathered around and spent an hour listening to a group of talented musicians who at the end of the evening each spoke a bit about themselves. Lot of talent!

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It was a wonderful evening and an opportunity to make the Honor Flight cause more widely known.  It was also great fun.  General Milley is quite a character and knows how to show his appreciation for anything that supports the Army mission.  

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(STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY) A. dc honor Mark memorial Milley One photography Quarters Tattoo travel washington wwii https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/10/quarters-one-twilight-tattoo-and-army-salute-awards Wed, 17 Oct 2018 02:01:25 GMT
On the Mall with Blue Ridge Honor Flight: Saturday 10/6/2018 https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/10/on-the-mall-with-blue-ridge-honor-flight-saturday-10/6/2018 20181003-IMG_163620181003-IMG_1636
So I was asked and honored to make this picture of Blue Ridge Honor Flight this year.  Blue Ridge was on the cover of the new HONOR FLIGHT book which came out recently and this is a new angle.  I decided to meet them at the airport and had time to spend with some of DCA's lovely volunteers--always a treat!

First off the plane was Gold Star mother Anne Adkins who was greeted by Greg Locher with a bouquet of flowers. She traveled with Blue Ridge all day--an interesting new event in Honor Flight history.  

Blue RidgeA Gold Star MotherAnne Atkins traveling with Blue Ridge Honor Flight gets a bouquet of flowers from Greg Locher of American Airlines. Blue Ridge is going to try for a Gold Star Mother on every trip.

After that, it was all business with half a day fog delay to make up and so the remaining greeters cheered the veterans and hustled them to the buses. We were off directly to the Lincoln Memorial where the veterans staged on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and were given ceremonial coins by General _____________ and were greeted by the Marine Corps Drill Team.

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Two for OneAs I was walking over to make the Blue Ridge Photo, I grabbed a photo of Hudson Valley.

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Cynthia Collard and I spent a long and pleasant day photographing Blue Ridge together and I had the opportunity to see she and her DCA colleague outfox the fox.  They smooched Senator Dole from both sides leaving him flustered and laughing.  It was a great moment and one of those that make it particularly attractive.

20181003-IMG_1663Outfoxing the Fox!Cynthia Collard and I spent a long and pleasant day photographing Blue Ridge together and I had the opportunity to see she and her DCA colleague outfox the fox.  They smooched Senator Dole from both sides leaving him flustered and laughing.  It was a great moment and one of those that make it particularly attractive. 20181003-IMG_1668Outfoxing the Fox!Cynthia Collard and I spent a long and pleasant day photographing Blue Ridge together and I had the opportunity to see she and her DCA colleague outfox the fox.  They smooched Senator Dole from both sides leaving him flustered and laughing.  It was a great moment and one of those that make it particularly attractive.

 

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(STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY) ashville blue dc flight hendersonville honor memorial nc photography ridge travel washington https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/10/on-the-mall-with-blue-ridge-honor-flight-saturday-10/6/2018 Fri, 12 Oct 2018 02:13:49 GMT
DCA HONOR FLIGHT VOLUNTEERS: Weather Or Not! 10/06/2018 https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/10/dca-honor-flight-volunteers-weather-or-not-10/06/2018 20181003-IMG_1412DCA Honor Flight VolunteersGathering to welcome veterans on a Saturday AM 20181003-IMG_141820181003-IMG_1418

A foggy morning on the East Coast delayed Blue Ridge Honor Flight for more than three hours but during that time, we had the chance to greet Hudson Valley Honor Flight. The usual DCA Volunteers and several hundred greeters were on hand and propped with signs, flags and enthusiastic cheering.  100 veterans and as many guardians poured off the plane to a cheering sea of volunteers which went down the gate through the terminal and up to the buses. 

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Gold StarA Gold Star mother receives a bouquet of flowers as she arrives in DC. Presented by Greg Locher of American Airlines and arranged by Jeff Miller of Asheville, NC's Blue Ridge Honor Flight

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(STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY) asheville blue dc flight hendersonville honor memorial photography ridge travel veteran washington wwii https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/10/dca-honor-flight-volunteers-weather-or-not-10/06/2018 Thu, 11 Oct 2018 22:53:54 GMT
Honor Flight Super Saturday Sept 29, 2018 https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/10/honor-flight-super-saturday-sept-29-2018 HERDING CATS

San Diego

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This Saturday started off with Honor Flight San Diego. Dave Smith and  volunteers and guardians flew in with 100 veterans for three days. The photograph just kept getting wider as veterans arrived and I kept pushing the crowds back towards 17th Street. 

Twin Cities' Jerry Keyser on the other hand keeps his 85 person group compact in this little area by the Atlantic.   He sets it up using a megaphone and is very precise about placement.  By correctly placing the vets and standing on the wall to make the photo, you can get the WWII Memorial, the fountains, the Atlantic Arch, the Minnesota Column and the Lincoln Memorial in the image.

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Columbus was next and as there was a ceremony going at my preferred location, Susan Barr and Cindy Kanwar worked with me to squeeze everyone into the frame. The photo lacks balance but it derives substance from all the lovely people.

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Susan BarrSusan is on her 273rd flight and I can't imagine that she doesn't hold the record for most attended.

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GOTTASWING 

Back on Homeland Drive, our new board member Theresa Werner and James Martin were dancing up a storm with their fellow Gottaswing dancers. Theresa has just been appointed to the board of Honor Flight and she brings energy, enthusiasm and local knowledge to Honor Flight. She is a researcher for PBS News Hour, former President of the National Press Club and in her spare time works for Virgin Airways at Dulles which nets her free travel. She is also a bus captain for Honor Flight Chicago and does frequent stints as a tour guide for other hubs.  

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BWI Brownies

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KOREA

I had a chance to wander up to Korea and Vietnam and make some photographs.

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Between Korea and WWII Memorial, I got chatting with this couple from Collier-Lee Honor Flight and she showed me this newspaper clipping about her uncles death in WWII she's been carrying since she was a little girl.

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For more photographs on this Super Saturday, visit the website
 

 

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FLAG CITY HONOR FLIGHT: October 2, 2018 https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/10/flag-city-honor-flight-october-2-2018 WWII MEMORIAL

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Deb Wickerham with Flag City Honor Flight rolled in with four buses and lots of Ohioans waiting at the WWII Memorial. Everyone proceeded to wander the WWII Memorial, interviews and pictures.  

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The five brothers Nighswander all served and seemed happy to be hanging out together on a beautiful day.  I found them down by the pool and made a few frames as they were being interviewed by Dan Cummings who is a master news anchor.  His interviews are friendly and casual and the veterans feel comfortable with him.

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Mission Barbecue had a tent set up and it was nice to sit and have a hot meal on the Mall. The weather was perfect.

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KOREA

Most of the veterans were pretty healthy and so as we walked up to Korea, I was able to make some nice frames at the Korean Veterans Memorial.  These Fall afternoons are quiet and the Mall is relatively peaceful. For more of paradise go to the web folder below and lets remember usage is for Honor Flight personnel only!
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(STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY) dc Findlay honor memorial Ohio photography travel washington wwii https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/10/flag-city-honor-flight-october-2-2018 Wed, 03 Oct 2018 11:48:45 GMT
Central Missouri Honor Flight: A Day in the Life https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/10/central-missouri-honor-flight-a-day-in-the-life I've had the opportunity to ride along with Central Missouri a few times. Rain or shine, it's been a picture perfect experience. I have gotten to know the regular volunteers and have found that Honor Flight forms deep friendships.  

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Steve and Sharon Paulsell are the Director and Vice-President. Mary Paulsell, Steve's sister is the President so it's a family affair. They've in turn enlisted their neighbors and co-workers and so it is really one big happy family. Each hub has its own rhythm and Central Missouri's is relaxed, low-key and personalized. 

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Speaking of rain or shine, I managed this photograph on a rainy Fall Day last year and we ducked into the downtown Air and Space Museum for an hour to wait it out.  

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That personalization worked out when I was able to make this photograph in Arlington Cemetery last Fall. We stopped the bus on the side of the road in Arlington Cemetery and just the veterans from Centralia, Missouri  gathered for a small and very moving ceremony for their classmate Rodney Griffin.

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Central Missouri also brings their own photographers: the witty and talented Angela Barnes Bennett and a contemporary and fellow White House News Photographer, Bill Greenblatt, who works for UPI out of St. Louis. They are on every flight and it's nice to have such great company! 
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Angela Barnes Barnett wrote a little piece after the last trip and you can tell that she was giddily tired when she wrote it.  It summarizes the the spirit of Central Missouri...with or without the deodorant.

"To the Honor Flight #55 crew,

Once again, men and women were brought together from every walk of life for the mission at hand. Boy did we laugh and oh how we cried. Ok, maybe I cried but whatever. From the ups and the downs of the unknown to the wonders of the powers of something bigger than all of us, it came together like a dream. Ok, a sweaty dream, but whatever, just go with this!

Upon my arrival at the hotel WITHOUT my camera I knew the day was going to be a treat! We departed Columbia and arrived in STL with a little rain to rid us of our beauty. We landed in DC with a jolt, like a jolt out of our seats upon our very swift landing. We weathered, LITERALLY, the DC climate like storm troopers taking on…. well, something really HOT! There were changes and ups and downs, figuratively and literally speaking, and the team persevered like troopers taking on the HOT! (Don’t try to figure out the HOT unless you didn’t wear your deodorant like suggested).

To the #55 team, it was amazing to watch each and every one of you make the day happen. I don’t think I have ever seen a group more attentive and happy, and FUNNY! There was not a guardian, new or experienced who did not have a smile on their faces or a gentle hand to lend to their veterans. 

Stephanie Roberson, I believe you get the award for the most amazing, tolerant, gentle, kind, compassionate, guardian of the day. I loved you before today but watching you in action confirmed that you are the real deal.  Lynn Nichols and Kathryn Wilkerson, watching the two of you offer assistance with no reservation to the task at hand with the most genuine sincerity anyone could offer showed your hearts and souls and dedication to the mission. Dr. Tom, you stepped in ready to take on whatever came your way with kindness and compassion that was not lost on the crew. Your nursing skills were excellent and again, above and beyond. 

Suzie Ray Naeger, although you were the most boring seat mate on the plane, you showed me what amazing listening skills one could have! You “talked” your way through the day with the best attitude one could have ever had under the circumstances. Mike Cox, from my brief, weird “white bus” coo coo chanting trader ride to Iwo Jima, you and Anicka Oyen were the team players of the day, especially after Anika and I got to watch the flag raising at Iwo Jima. 

Dave Williams, I am not sure how I roped you into the T-shirt change job but you handled it like a king. And even though I had a horror nightmare high school drama dream about you, Stephanie Williams your dedication to the veterans is visibly amazing. I am always taken aback by your compassion. The two of you make a great team!

Traci Putnam, thank you for holding the crazy blue bus together. Trash bags and tooth brushes and accountability for Gary Blackmore and his peeps is what holds us together! Speaking of GB, your heart and soul and dedication is a piece of the puzzle that makes everything work. Your dedication feeds into all of us. AND, thank goodness Angie Regan was there for some hand holding and positive reinforcement when it was needed the most, even though she stole Kirby’s seat on the plane! AND, speaking of Kirby Baumert, are there words for the best wheelchair captain ever? 

Carol Grant Kyd, there has never been a time that your cheers for our Mid-Missouri veterans are not heard. Your passion is felt by all and I love it. Alice, it was beautiful watching your first Honor Flight experience sink into your soul. 

To my girl Amy Hill, watching you take your #1 and #2 was a treat. You were so lucky to have had such a great veteran protecting you from my wrath!! I love you dearly and am so glad you finally got to check the CMHF off your bucket list. Hope you get to add a few more checks in the future!

David Wallingford, I sit back in awe of your selfless efforts to lend a hand and a strong back to the veterans on the “trip." The way you “fall” all over yourself to get things done melts my heart. You are truly a gift to the mission.

Eric Farr, my seat mate for the bus who politely juggles all of my gear, listens to me sing, talk and talk some more, you are a delight. Thank you for your ever lasting patience. Jeff Voss who is always across the isle on the bus, thank you for holding literally everything I throw in your lap, and for remembering my camera, and my bag and whatever else I left behind every time we moved. You are the best team player.

Sharon Paulsell, my goodness! You roll through each and every trip with a smile and the most hilarious stories, comments and commands like “don’t fall asleep so read your folders or something!” Trip after trip you keep our little blue crew (as well as the entire crew) on task, well informed and in line like no other. The humor you add to the day is what makes the blue bus the best bus! 

And to Steve Paulsell, our captain, king cheese, red shirt wearing leader, you did it again! First, I appreciate you looking out for me because you must think I am only 4’ tall and can’t reach the overhead compartment. That was awesome! Not only do you expect each of us to maintain a high standard, you show us through example how we should be. Your dedication and love for the veterans is felt through each one of us and with you it is literally "all about the veterans.” Thank you for dedicating your soul to this project. It would not be the same without your guidance. 

Once again, my heart is full. Super lucky to be a part of the team."

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(STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY) central dc honor honor flight memorial missouri national park service photography travel washington wwii https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/10/central-missouri-honor-flight-a-day-in-the-life Wed, 03 Oct 2018 11:42:25 GMT
DCA HONOR FLIGHT VOLUNTEERS https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/9/dca-honor-flight-volunteers The Washington Metro area has stepped up to the plate for Honor Flight. DCA HONOR FLIGHT VOLUNTEERS are the heart of the Honor Flight operation as they have turned every landing and departure into a festive and welcoming occasion. There are three airport organizations--Honor Flight DCA, Honor Flight Dulles and Honor Flight BWI which get the bands, post the schedules, make the signs, and keep track of the hundreds of incoming and outgoing flights. I happened to be there both at the busy Terminal A on a Saturday and for a more subdued but equally gratifying hub arrival at Terminal C, the original DCA.

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Fifty percent of the 132 Honor Flights come in through Reagan and are greeted by bands, scouts, cheerleaders, relatives and passengers from other flight who join the festivities.  This is all coordinated between three terminals (arrivals and departures), airlines, charter companies and the TSA. They manage to get several hundred persons on an almost daily basis  through security to greet the Veterans at the gate.

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Greeters!On a Saturday morning, there are several hundred greeters, bands, drill teams, scouts and the like o meet flights as they come in.
Like everything else in Honor Flight, the group just evolved with no approvals asked or granted. They somehow manage to get TSA to cooperate with Honor Flight and so get bands, instruments, cheerleaders. mimes, signs...all the stuff of TSA nightmare...through security and out to the gate. To my astonishment, there was a paper work problem yesterday so a TSA agent actually escorted five of us out to the gate and waited until the veterans were in to escort us back. I've been traveling a long time and never thought I'd see cooperation from TSA. Honor Flight has a lot of fans and more of them were outside the airport as we made our way to the buses.

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Outside the terminal, security guards greeted the Veterans and there were announcements that an Honor Flight had landed on all the terminal speakers so travelers could gather to greet the veterans at the gate. Our little group of ten people grew to a hundred in a few minutes.  

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DCA Tour Guides

Within DCA, there is another group of volunteers who ride along with the hubs and act as Tour Guides. Others take a day and ride along with the hub as a guardian. Doesn't sound glamorous but it will change your day and your outlook. And you will make an impact that reverberates throughout society.  

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The interesting thing is that when asked how all this happened, Dave Nichols, Chairman of Honor Flight said he had no idea. And as a witness over the past thirteen years, I've watched people come together, build organizations and websites, share information and several hundred volunteers engaged and working with no organization or meeting.  Cool!

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Honor Flight at the WWII Memorial: September 15, 2018 https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/9/honor-flight-at-the-wwii-memorial-september-15-2018 20180912-IMG_0296Getting ready to cheer

With seven Honor Flight hubs inbound and a couple of marathons in progress, I decided to get to the WWII Memorial and let the hubs come to me. This gave me a few minutes to talk to everyone, make a few useful photos for each hub to use, exchange tips, schedule events and look forward to a great Fall Season.  While this was not an official "Super Saturday", there were over six hundred veterans plus guardians on the Mall. Each flight has different customs and ceremonies and I am always on the watch for something new. 

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Unique among the days's many touching moments was Florida's Rick Asper presenting Senator Dole with a piece of the granite from the quarry from which the WWII Memorial was taken and engraved with his name.  It's a rare piece and elegantly presented. You'll notice the young woman to the left behind Rick who is doing live social media with her husband. I think it's great that more and more flights are traveling with social media teams who produce photography and media livestream.  

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Rhode Island Fire Chiefs Honor Flight

George Farrell and crew were in next with a quick ceremony and a photograph. I always get the sense with the Fire Chiefs that they are ready for anything.  Their enthusiasm and teamwork impress and is probably the reason they are Chiefs.  

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John Liszewski travels all the way from the Eastern Shore and his final mode of transportation is sometimes the metro with his display items in a small cart.  Dedication!  

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SENATOR ROBERT DOLE

I very much admire Senator Dole and try to emulate his persistence.  I always try to make one good frame of him when he is with the veterans.  The rest of the time I am practicing my photo skills with other peoples phones!

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Paula Nelson's motto!  We were lucky and it seems that rain or shine, we always get by.  

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9/11/2018 HONOR FLIGHTS GREATER LAYFAYETTE AND WEST COAST FLORIDA https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/9/9/11/2018-honor-flights-greater-layfayette-and-west-coast-florida Greater Layfayette Honor Flight

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So a couple of weeks ago, I ran a blog post entitled "Piper Available" and Dana Vann and Pam Hawk Mow of Greater Layfayette Honor Flight chose J.R. MacArthur to set the tone for this 21st flight. I met him at the Memorial as he was getting ready and it's quite a getup and fortunately, his wife was there to straighten him out.

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We had a great little ceremony and were able to photograph not only the veterans and the guardians but also the veterans alone and finally the WWII veterans.  If you are looking for color on a gray day, a bagpiper is just the ticket

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Pam Hawk Mow and Dana Vann have lead twenty one Honor Flights and this coming October will be the last.  I hope they stay involved in Honor Flight as they have a lot to teach and would be valuable telling their stories at the Summit.  As Gold Star mothers, they have paid the ultimate price and we can learn from their courage!

Honor Flight West Central Florida

I just had time for a nice stroll up to the Lincoln where I met flight leaders April Dennis Currie and Bev Frey leading the flock to the group photograph.  My buddy Tammi Stieger was the photographer for the day so I just chatted with Bev and April and at the last moment ran over and made the picture.  

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After the group picture, everyone scattered to the Korea and Vietnam Memorials and I took the opportunity to make a few more images and headed back to the studio to edit.  

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BUGLER AVAILABLE https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/9/bugler-available Ben Corner is an experienced Bugler looking for work at Honor Flight events and the like.  He's got a gift as I've heard him play. You can reach him to book a date at this email.
 

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PIPER AVAILABLE! https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/piper-available J.R. Archer, Piper ExtraordinaireJ.R. Archer leds Honor Flight of the Ozarks into the WWII Memorial.

I stopped by the WWII Memorial to photograph Honor Flight of the Ozarks and while waiting, met the bagpiper J.R. Arthur, LCdr, USN (Ret) (and in another season Santa) who to all appearances and attributes was born to be a bagpiper.  As we were both a bit early, I watched him don his gear which took a good 30 minutes as there are swords, knives, buckles, belts, flags, and other items which need to be put on in sequence.

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When Honor Flight of the Ozarks arrived, they unexpectedly got off the buses right in front of the Memorial. Serendipity being the rule of thumb, I was able to get one of the more memorable photographs of the year as our merry piper lead them into the Memorial plaza. I don't know if any of it was planned but it worked out nicely.  J.R. also has a extraordinarily loud voice so I was able to use him to organize the group.  

J.R. Arthur's email is jarthur@uwf.edu if you are looking to enhance your photographic experience.  He is a guarantee that your images will be a bit richer and your veterans entertained. He's a talker! I enquired of him as to his rates and they are reasonable. He can do more than one flight a day and suggested if he did more than one flight a day, he could further discount.   

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A group of Navy Officers were being promoted and for some reason their reward was a nice hot run around the Mall.  We got in touch with then and they sang for the Honor Flight veterans. It's wonderful that people in DC recognize Honor Flight and do their best to make the experience meaningful.

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Marine Corps Silent Drill Team August 8, 2018 https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/natural-resources Marine Corps Silent Drill TeamThe Marine Corps Silent Drill Team perform on the plaza of the Lincoln Memorial. If you watch closely, just before they begin throwing rifles, they do a little "sleight of hand" and take off the bayonets. Phew!

As Honor Flight inevitably shifts its focus to Korea and Vietnam, the plaza of the Lincoln Memorial has become a great place to stage a show for the veterans.  The Marine Corps Silent Drill Team has been out for the last few Chicago trips.  The first time I photographed it,  I mentioned to Mary Pettinato that it was a shame that the background was cluttered with tourists.  Presto....she has cleared the background of pedestrians by having guardians stretch out ropes and ask people to stay to the sides.  

AwesomenessMary Pettinato, Vincent Wilson and Theresa Werner pose for a picture after a well-orchestrated visit to the Lincoln, Vietnam and Korea Memorials complete with ice cream handed out to the vets

Anne Howington and Theresa WernerAnne is a nurse who travels from Tennessee to Chicago for HFC flights. Theresa Werner is the organizer along with boyfriend James of "Honor Flight in support of HFC" which raised $10000.00 this year in addition to dancing at numerous events. Jenny Nunn BrawleyJenny is the "Flight Coordinator" for HFC and managed to entice General Colin Powell to two HFC events as well as organize the 275 people on the trip.

 

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HONOR FLIGHT CHICAGO WITH GENERAL POWELL https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/honor-flight-chicago-with-general-powell 20180808-_DSC1040General Colin PowellJust arriving at the Memorial

Honor Flight Chicago was out in force yesterday with one hundred Korean veterans and easily twice as many Guardians, Medics, Police Escorts, Water Bearers, 14 Radio Wearers, and Photographers. I met them at the Air Force Memorial. Most of the guardians are regulars so everything is very precise.

When told General Powell was going to meet us at the WWII Memorial, I took a cab over to meet him.  I have found it helpful to explain to dignitaries what will be happening and try to form a course of action to allow them to shake as many hands as possible. If they are comfortable and you provide an exit strategy, they'll be back. General Powell is a regular and Chicago has been lucky to get him as he is often traveling.

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Having worked with him before, we allowed the veterans to start assembling for the ceremony and followed them in. This was our most successful photo voyage to date as he was able to shake the hand of EVERY veteran and quite a few guardians and active service members.

Hence our historic "fist bump"!  

As I am not a veteran, I don't feel comfortable with saluting but in the photo corps, it's the "bump" and the bump it was!  Steven Pearson caught it and it is now my profile picture.  Thank you Steven Pearson!

@Steven Pearson 2018 General Powell and I "fist bump" after a successful photo round with several hundred people. Fast pace with many pictures.

As we were leaving, he paused under the Eagles for a minute and looked back on the ceremony.  Looked like he was thinking of blowing off the day...interesting...  

Hmmm....I wonder if he'd like to be a guardian?

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(STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY) chicago Colin dc dignitaries flight honor jewel mall memorial of Powell the travel veterans wwii https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/honor-flight-chicago-with-general-powell Thu, 09 Aug 2018 15:00:54 GMT
Senator Bob Dole June 9, 2018 https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/honor-flight-june-9-2018 20180609-DSC_947420180609-DSC_9474

I went down to the Memorial yesterday to visit with Senator Dole.  The last time I saw him was with Jeff Miller in December when he received the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor at the Capitol.  He was then surrounded by a "bipartisan" group:  Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer etc... Both sides of the political isle filled the Capitol Dome for the event. 

Today he was looking relaxed in khakis. He spent four hours greeting and posing with veterans, tourists, and generally anyone who came by.  I have been working with him on the WWII Memorial for the last sixteen years. He supported my presence on the site during construction and over the years has been very supportive to Honor Flight. That would be an understatement!  

When we gathered for the first Summit, he was there.  He cut the first TV spot for Honor Flight and helped make other footage available for other Honor Flight productions.  At his law firm where he is called "The Boss", his "rainmaking speeches" often turn into Honor Flight pitches. He is relentless.

I have been at a couple of gatherings where he has been asked to talk about politics only to watch him immediately stray over to his favorite subject:  "Honor Flight."  Ask him a question about ice cream and he'll tell you about Honor Flight.  Mention the traffic and he'll tell you about Honor Flight.  He is by far the most resilient and determined individual I know.  I hope a bit of it rubs off.

 

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Honor Flight Chicago 6/6/2018 https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/honor-flight-chicago-6/6/2018 Honor Flight ChicagoRob Williamson and I made this photograph today with the help of the 100 plus volunteers who kept the background clear. Great day and ice cream right on the Lincoln Memorial Plaza. Living in Paradise!

Fooled 'em again.  Rob Williamson and I with the help of all one hundred plus volunteers to keep the area clear were able to make this photograph just before the Drill Team arrived.  It was a spectacular day with wonderful clouds, a great breeze and amiable vets and volunteers.  I am thinking of entering this photograph in the prestigious "Herding Cats" contest held every year.

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(STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY) dc honor memorial photography travel washington wwii https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/honor-flight-chicago-6/6/2018 Sun, 10 Jun 2018 13:24:31 GMT
Honor Flight West Central Florida 6-5-2018 https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/honor-flight-west-central-florida-6-5-2018 A beautiful day and in need of a walk I headed down to the Lincoln Memorial where I finally had the opportunity to photograph Honor Flight West Central Florida.  Bev Frey and April Dennis and I always see each at the Summit every years but never get together on the Mall so this was special.  With red flag in hand, Bev and Matt their photographer lead the group out on to the Lincoln Memorial Plaza and began to set up the group shot. I love watching...especially as I am not "herding cats."

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Tami Stieger was photographing for Florida so I was free to wander and chat. I am really a better chatterer than I am a photographer and I love talking to veterans but also the volunteers. Their stories of how they got involved in Honor Flight are always cool and they are routinely cool people.  The guardians and volunteers make it all work and I always marvel at the enormous amount of energy and organization that goes into an Honor Flight beginning with "follow the orange flag."  

 

20180605-_DSC877520180605-_DSC8775 I am beginning to collect a series on wheelchair repairs at the Lincoln.  I think by the next Summit, I'll have fleshed out my collection. Note the snazzy fluorescent yellow pain.  Easy to find and a racy color. There was a short period in Honor Flight's history where one of the electric scooters manufacturers got involved with Honor Flight.  It ended quickly as the vets when given the choice of the "rabbit" or the "turtle" always pushed the rabbit and terrorized the Mall.  Good stuff. One guy ran over Senator Dole's foot.  That was pretty classic...and also ended the brief life of the scooter in Honor Flight history.  Now everyone carries their own chairs and Missouri has custom banners, Chicago has stenciled backs. And when you look underneath the bus and see the rows of chairs, you realize just how driven Honor Flight is to get veterans to see the Memorials.

 

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Getting my 10,000 steps in, I walked both to the Lincoln and Korea Memorials photographing a lot of veterans whose guardian was a son or daughter.  Hard to make a bad picture!

 

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I noticed groups of orange shirts appearing from the path that leads to the WWII Memorial and started down that way only to find myself chatting with Deb Wickenham of Flag City Honor Flight.  She also had the Mission Barbecue truck and tent set up for lunch and well...so much for the calories I walked off.  Nice chat at lunch with a fellow who was keeping his guardian on guard!

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And as I walked the final couple of hundred yards to the WWII Memorial Plaza, nine Honor Flight buses appeared within the space of fifteen minutes and so did several groups of school children who all seemed to know they should line up to greet the veterans and so they did.  

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More to come...Chicago is on its way in and they don't make days like this anymore so lets take advantage of it!  Living in Paradise!

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(STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY) dc honor memorial photography travel washington wwii https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/honor-flight-west-central-florida-6-5-2018 Wed, 06 Jun 2018 12:50:55 GMT
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I was delighted to be invited by Scott Knauf to visit with Upper Peninsula Honor Flight. I headed down to the WWII Memorial thinking it would be a slow day but when I arrived, the Mall was jammed with school children and tourists and Homeland Drive was packed with the buses. The Park Police came through and within minutes, the only buses left were from Northeast Indiana, Upper Peninsula and Old Glory Honor Flights. Liberty Phillips of "operationmeatball.org" took the initiative and directed the school children to line the walkway and so we had a great cheering entry into the Memorial. The Phillips sisters have been visiting with Honor Flights for sometime and certainly enhance the Memorial ambiance.

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Senator Debbie Stabenow and reenactor Sidney Wade were on hand to greet veterans  I have always advocated more media on the flights and all the flights had great photographers and videographers and even live media throughout the day.  Great stuff! I've been looking through the images and video created to promote the hub websites and it's impressive.  

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As I wandered past the Lincoln to the Vietnam Wall, I literally walked into this image set up by Diane McDonald and Tami Stieger and grabbed a frame.  Moving along I ran across Drew McDonald and a couple of his guys do a quick tire change on a Wheelchair.  I am impressed! It's the constant "little things" that distinguish all the hubs.

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The young soldier below was with her father who had composed a set of notes which she read by the name of everyone of his fallen comrades.  it was moving to see her do what he couldn't bring himself to do.

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NEVER FORGOTTEN AND ND/MN 5/21/2018 https://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/weekday-honor-flights-5/21-23/2018 HONOR FLIGHT ND/MN

As I stepped out of my cab, Honor Flight of ND/MN was just getting into formation for a photograph.  It was perfectly balanced between the fountains and their photographer was the first I have seen to use small studio lights on the veterans.  I am anxious to see how it works out.  

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NEVER FORGOTTEN HONOR FLIGHT

20180521-_DSC8393Wreaths left by Honor Flights
Yesterday, I was invited by David Phelps of Never Forgotten Honor Flight to visit with them at the WWII Memorial. They had given out DC PHOTO BOOK the night before and announced that I would be there so I ended up with lots of praise. It's nice to get feedback (particularly positive). It was apparent that the book served as an introduction to the day but also serve as a way to tell the story of the day.  I ended up conducting a small tour around the Memorial with two veterans and their guardians.  I forget what a great adventure working on the WWII Memorial was and this brought it back.  Living in Paradise!

20180521-_DSC8369Why Park Police Escorts!Two flights--one loading and the other unloading--take up Homeland Drive
The first thing Dave Phelps did was head over to the Eastern boundary (17th Street NW) of the WWII Memorial to make sure there weren't any "runners"!  Brian Ziegler and Jody McCain of Badger Honor Flight do the same and it's an excellent idea.  These veterans are an independent lot and it's nice to make sure we return with everyone! This caution and planning go into every aspect of the flight and watching the buses being unloaded, the wheelchairs placed, wheels locked, water and drinks out and guardians and medics in place, I am struck by everyone's efficiency as it's the key to a successful day.

20180521-_DSC8374David Phelps 20180521-_DSC8374David Phelps

20180521-_DSC8370NEVER FORGOTTEN HONOR FLIGHT VETERAN AT WWII MEMORIAL 20180521-_DSC8370NEVER FORGOTTEN HONOR FLIGHT VETERAN AT WWII MEMORIAL