One of the most amazing parts of my job is the people I get to meet. I do some work for the Skyforce, and when they asked me to photograph their military night I didn't hesitate. My husband was Airborne in the Army, my brother in law is getting ready to serve his second tour in Afganistan, and countless friends and family are military. Of course I would photograph their military night. When I got there, it was explained to me that a special ceremony would be happening at half time. I asked a few questions and just went on with the night. I did not realize that I would be photographing one of only two living recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest honor bestowed in the military. The Congressional Medal of honor is given to those who distinguish themselves through "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States." It's a very, very big deal.
Governor Dennis Dugaard would be presenting Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry an award. Also, dozens of brand new recruits would be sworn into duty.
Sgt. Petry was injured in Afganistan in 2008. This is the story he told on David Letterman. Watch this and meet a true hero.
This link will take you to the Army website that shows diagrams and a great explanation of the events. Sgt. Petry
There really are not words to describe the awesomeness of this event. Thank you to the men and women of our military.