Inspiration is certainly one of those words that is used often enough and with good reason. For a creative person such as myself, it is one of my core motivators. I hope to post many installments about my inspiration, as much of it is quite relevant to my aerospace and aviation work.
Of course, at the top of the list of inspiration for me is our veterans.
A statue in Washington, D.C. that is part of the Vietnam War Memorial.
Reflections in the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.
I make sure to pay tribute to the enduring spirit of our veterans whenever and wherever I go. Their inspiring stories are at times the fuel that keeps me going towards my own dreams.
Statues that are part of the Korean War Memorial in Washinton, D.C.
Etchings in the wall of the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C.
One of the most rewarding parts of my work is being able to meet and honor our veterans in person. I volunteer my time and photography as much as I can. I have worked closely with the San Diego Air and Space Museum and the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Museum donating my photography for various events. I have been able to meet some amazing people and hear their equally amazing feats as a result.
Veterans at the 2013 Memorial Day ceremony at the Santa Barbara Cemetery.
Astronaut Gene Cernan and I at the Apollo 17 40th Anniversary celebration at the San Diego Air and Space Museum.
Astronaut Charlie Duke and I at the Apollo 17 40th Anniversary celebration at the San Diego Air and Space Museum.
At many of the events I volunteer for, I end up rubbing shoulders with a lot of astronauts that are also veterans as well. It is always an honor to be around such great people. All in all, I hope that in time my photographs of these legends and unsung heroes will preserve their legacy and also inspire future generations.