Monday, January 21, 2013

Solemn Honor

"U.S. Army soldiers carry the flag-draped transfer case containing the remains of U.S. Army Sgt. David J. Chambers, during a dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base, on January 19, 2013 in Dover, Delaware. Chambers, who was from Hampton, Va., was killed while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom."

My first news assignment of the year was at Dover Airforce base covering a dignified transfer.

As always, it's an honor to get the opportunity to cover this return home for Getty Images. While I've only covered a handful of these transfers, this one was different than the previous I've covered.

Aside from a long flight delay that pushed back the solemn, dignified transfer honoring this young man who have gave his life in service of the United States, there were no family members there. This meant that there were only a couple of us standing on the runway. While this made the feel of the transfer different, in no way did they change the process.

Always a humbling event to document, thanks to my editors for having the trust to send me out there and thank you to the family for allowing us to cover this ceremony.


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