Medal of Honor Day 2010

March 27, 2010

George T. Joe Sakato signs a copy of the book Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Behond the Call of Duty during a Medal of Honor Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Sakato received the medal for his actions on October 29, 1944, when he made a one-man rush into enemy fire that encouraged his platoon to charge the enemy strongpoint.

 

Four Medal of Honor recipients place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery to comemorate Medal of Honor Day.

baby grant

This was my first attempt at shooting baby portraits. It was fun, but most definitely challenging to get the little guy to cooperate (and stay awake). I liked this shot the best because it looks like he's smiling and flashing the peace sign. His name is Grant Bennett Fleschert, the month-old son of a friend of mine from grad school.

When the women were dismissed from service in 1944, their records were classified and sealed — denying them recognition for their accomplishments — in what many thought was an effort to obliterate them from history. Contract employees, they didn't receive any veterans benefits until 1977. This reminded me of the movie A League of Their Own, but these women were pilots instead of professional baseball players. (Click on image to read story, see photo gallery.)

Snowmageddon

March 27, 2010

During the series of snowstorms now known as Snowmageddon, I was stuck in the Stripes central office for six days. There were no buses running near my house, and none of my other web colleagues could get to work. Stripes reserved hotel rooms for us so we could continue to put out the paper and update the website. This was one of the worst snowstorms I've ever seen, up there with the Blizzard of 1996 and the President's Day Snowstorm of 2003. (Click on image to see photo gallery. Note: not all the photos are mine.)

A Tomb Guard sentinal paces next to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery at sunrise on Wednesday, August 26, 2009.

A Tomb Guard sentinal paces next to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery at sunrise on Wednesday, August 26, 2009.

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