I traveled with 99 WWII veterans to Washington DC to honor them for their service. It was an opportunity for them see the WWII memorial as well as Arlington National Cemetery and the Changing of the Guard, Iwo Jima, and the Air Force Memorial. It was a very long day starting at 4 AM until 11 PM. It was an honor to have been a part of this wonderful experience. In the United States we loose 1,000 WWII veterans a day. There are 3 million WWII veterans left nation wide. The aim of the Oklahoma Honor Flights organization is to take as many WWII veterans to see their monuments before it is too late. If anyone knows of any Oklahoma WWII Veteran that you would think might be interested please contact OklahomaHonorflights.org.
Donuts and coffee in Midwest City.
Waiting to board charter buses to take the Vets to Will Rogers World Airport. The highway patrol lead the way all the way to the airport and around Washington DC for the vets to get around fast and easy.
Taking Roll before they leave.
The Patriot Guard Riders escorted us all the way to the airport as well.
The Vets were also greeted by the Navy and many other people at the Baltimore airport.
The Changing of the Guards
Arlington national Cemetery
Some of the many Oklahoma WW2 Veterans
Returned to Will Rogers airport at 10:00pm, loved ones and many other people came to honor the Vets once they arrived home for the last time. It was very emotional and truly heart warming.
Sept 13, 2012
I think it’s important to do the things you love in life. Trained as a teacher, what I know about myself is I genuinely love to be around people. I get energy from it. I am inspired by people. I learn something from each person who is in my life. My aunt tells me I gather bits and pieces from the people I’m around much like she picks up rose rocks in my native state of Oklahoma.
One day, several years ago, I picked up a camera. It felt really good. It felt so right. I started taking pictures of my large family and I’ve never looked back.
They loved how I told the story of our family life experiences and before long, friends wanted me to tell the their stories with my camera. Photography, as I am experiencing it, is a six degrees of separation experience and now, with my camera, I tell the stories of the lives of people who know people who know people. You get the idea.
The stories of my clients are a documentation of many of life’s big events – birth days and birthdays, engagements, weddings, holidays. The smaller, subtler stories – the moments that fill quiet spaces in the lives of the people I photograph – take on qualities that reflect the intimacies and nuances that make up a person’s or a family’s life. I call these shoots a day in the life. I love those moments that define a person or a family, much like “A Day in the Life,” helped define the Beatles more than 40 years ago. Both are timeless which is what I strive for in my photography that I consider documentary or lifestyle photography as much as it is environmental portraiture.
I recognize how fortunate I am to do something I love everyday. I am grateful. I remain in a state of awe because I get invited into the lives of people at the most significant points in their lives, or for the simpler moments that find their way into the lens of my camera. Each time I am honored to document a big occasion or a small moment, I learn from the people I photograph. This fuels my heart and my creative soul.
Cary Anne Holton