The ceremony for the tenth anniversary of the WWII Memorial was splendid. I arrived early and was able to photograph almost everyone pre event. Having worked on this project for a while, it was delightful to see and photograph everyone from Honor Flight, Friends, the National Park Service and the Pentagon. Senators Marci Kaptur, Robert Dole and Elizabeth Dole were on hand for a photograph as were many of the original board members of the site selection committee. Ray and Sherry Kaskey and Friedrich St. Florian were looking quite fashionable. It's a beautiful Memorial and is certainly a great architectural symbol upon which to practice my craft. I put together a little slideshow and if you have a minute.... Enjoy!
Lieutenant General Claude “Mick” Kicklighter, U.S. Army (Retired) was the Master of Ceremonies and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hegel was the featured speaker. As a photographers, listening to speeches is not mandatory so I turned my attention to the wildly enthusiastic crowd and a group of portraits of friends who I have gotten to know over the past ten years.
Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur who initiated the legislation and Senator Bob Dole who worked with her to make it happen. The Memorial was funded almost entirely by private citizens. Brigadier General (ret.) Pat Foote (right) was on the initial site selection committee for the Memorial and helped found and is on the board of "Friends of the WWII Memorial". She is a force of nature, a strong ally and a good friend. Her license plates read "Go Gurl."
Ray and Sherry Kaskey and to the right Robin Owen and Bob Vogel of the National Park Service with Holly Rotondi, Director of Friends of the WWII Memorial andLieutenant General Claude “Mick” Kicklighter, U.S. Army (Retired)