Veterans Day is a sacred occasion in my home. While no one in my immediate family is a veteran, my wife and I volunteered on many Honor Flights, during which I accompanied more than 700 WWII veterans to Washington, D.C., on 12 different flights, capturing more than 30,000 images as their trip photographer.
I went out for a midday run today in San Diego, where it should come as no surprise that Veterans Day is a big deal, given the massive presence of the United States Navy here. I quite accidentally crossed paths with the Veterans Day parade as it proceeded along the harbor. I was running in the opposite direction as the parade, which enabled me to see the entire parade at a significantly accelerated speed. I stopped to capture a few quick video clips. Most interesting was running past the parade reviewing stand where the announcer told the audience that a group of Marines was going to reenact—by running up onto a flatbed trailer with a huge American flag—the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima, as captured in the iconic WWII photograph that was subsequently made into a massive bronze statue that is the Marine Corps War Memorial just outside Arlington National Cemetery. I fired up the video capture just in time to grab a pretty amazing feat!
Happy Veterans Day from San Diego!