Friday, August 22, 2008

An emotional event

This week, a guy came into the news office and told our managing editor that a National Guard unit was deploying out at 2 p.m. This was about 11:30 a.m. and our m.e. and I have the same thoughts on something like this. So I volunteered to go cover it. My only regret was that I couldn't talk to everyone or get photos of everyone. A lot of the guys I knew. I had either photographed them and their families as portrait clients in the past, or they were high school friends of my sons years ago. It was an emotional event. These guys are headed to Iraq for a year. Some have been before. For others it was their first trip.
Here's a few photos, and if you want to read the story, post a comment with a valid email address and I'll send you the link to it.
This was the 158th FA out of Duncan, Oklahoma.
I'm working on a slideshow too.
The photos include Brian and Kassie Hekia and their kids and his mom, Teresa; Scott Fitzhugh and his girlfriend, Tabatha; Aaron Helton kissing his wife, Michelle as her mom, Mattie, watches and others.


flip flops and pearls said...

OMGosh Toni-I am in tears....Bless you for taking the story. You got such beautiful images, so full of emotion. The looks on their faces, so heart breaking. I couldn't even imagine.

flip flops and pearls said...

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