I am often in the front row of historic occasions. The recent dedication of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., was such an event. It seemed that every conversation I had with the subjects of my photos was inspiring. Every veteran had an amazing story to tell. The sacrifice and service of "the greatest generation" is well documented; it was an honor to photograph those who had served.
I watched the years melt away when the American flag was nearby. Vets stood taller with pride earned on faraway battlefields. As the day neared its end, the national anthem was played. Old warriors saluted, and I knew I had a moment deserving of the occasion. A long-overdue memorial was officially commemorated on the National Mall, and a chapter in history came to a close.