Mary Pettinato takes her photography seriously and I am convinced that it is invaluable to her fund raising and awareness in Chicago where it's hard to get attention. Her organization of the ceremony is precise and the whole ceremony takes less than 20 minutes.
The photographers wear blue shirts and are the only ones allowed (guardians in green and medics in red) to be in the front area while the ceremony is going on. The five of us photographers and videographers have it well rehearsed. It seems each of us has a favorite position and lens for the ceremony. I am obviously biased about the importance of good photography and it's role in fund raising and urge everyone to make sure you sure you bring back good photographs. This Wednesday, Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense, joined Honor Flight for their ceremony and was well-received by the veterans. He took the time to participate in the ceremony and was as always very gracious and good-humored.
Local volunteers Renda Overbo and Deb Stevens tipped me off to a special performance of the Air Force Drill Team. I boy love it and am desperately afraid when these troops start throwing those bayonets. I noticed that the Marine Drill team removes the bayonets before they start tossing but I didn't see that here. Keep practicing boys and make sure you have a medic available. Don't be trying this at home. It was a great show, the weather was absolutely perfect and the view from the Air Force Memorial reminds me of why I live in Washington. It is absolutely gorgeous and this Summer has been a dream!