This Memorial Day weekend, as we enjoy time off with family and friends please take a moment to remember our dedicated men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces and ultimate sacrificed their lives for our great country.
Also of concern, many of our young military members are coming home with post traumatic stress disorders, lost limbs and other injuries associated with their tour of duty overseas. Let’s not turn our backs and support them as they get the rehabilitative treatment needed for a better quality of life and contribute to society.
As a military photographer and chief photographer for Nellis Air Force Base Public Affairs for over 20 years, I have documented almost every phase of military life and the hardest is a dignified transfer when a deceased military member is returned home and greeted by their family. Last month, I photographed an Air Force member (name withheld at this time) as he was reunited with his family at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.
Thank you to the Nellis Air Force Base Honor Guard, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Clark County Fire Department, Patriot Guard and Southwest Airline for making this home coming a first class affair despite the circumstance.
My prayers go out to the families of deceased loved ones this Memorial Day.