National Museum of the United States Army
Did you know there is a new venue in the Northern Virginia? The National Museum of the United States Army in Fort Belvoir is now open and available for service members to have their military promotion or retirement ceremony. This is great because The National Archives books out extremely fast and service members are consistently looking for alternative locations.
With this venue coming online, it is a great first choice for many military members, especially Army service members.
Carrigan and Caramel Military Album
I'm obsessed with this album. It was designed for a military family that held a promotion ceremony in Arlington, VA. It's a wonderful album mixed with two different premium leather - Carrigan and Caramel. The leathers are a great combination of luxury and classic.
This heirloom album was created and designed for a military promotion ceremony in Northern Virginia.
Air Force Promotion Ceremony at The National Archives Museum
Army Promotion Ceremony at The National Archives Museum
Promotion ceremonies at The National Archives Museum are fun and make for a memorable military ceremony. Many military members throughout Washington DC and across the nation desire to have their military event at the museum. Because of it's popularity, members have to request months in advance to secure the venue for their promotion or retirement ceremony. Therefore, I always get excited when veterans or their spouse call or message me to schedule photography for their ceremony.
A few months ago, Melissa contacting me to photograph her husband promotion ceremony at The Archives. They were excited about the promotion and having family in attendance to witness the ceremony and wanted to have beautiful portraits of the day.
Blue and Silver Retirement Heirloom Album
I am in love with this beautiful 10x10 Heirloom Album. It was designed for retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Hook. A few weeks after Col Hook's retirement ceremony at Andrews AFB in Maryland; we meet to discuss how he would like to remember his last official military event and the heirloom album was the number one choice; as each album is custom designed. Therefore, Col Hook was able to give his album the Air Force treatment.
Col Hook selected Wedgwood and The Saturday Night Special.
Air Force Retirement Ceremony at Andrews AFB
When a military member first enlists or receives a commission, retirement isn't the first thing that comes to mind. It's usually how am I going to get through Basic Military Training (BMT) or Officer Field Training. However, retirement seems to sneak up on military members; especially when you're having such a great time and enjoy serving and protecting the country you love.
Visit to Northern Virginia
Who loves Facebook, Instagram, and the other Social Media platforms? Whether you own a business or not, more than likely, you're on one of the social media platforms. Last month, the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce hosted a social media panel to help business owners develop strategies to help increase their business visibility and social proof.
The panelists included John Fillipone from Western Prince William Chatter, Tamieka Smith (me) from Military Wives & Moms of Woodbridge, Liz Whitt-Lee from Get Social with Liz and ST Billingsley from What’s Up Prince William.
Their were a lot of great recommendations such as when is the best day or time of day to post on your business page (to get the most visibility and interaction), what information are people in groups looking to know or asking, and how to introduce yourself (your business) in groups.
“The biggest way to grow your business online is find a way to help people without being overly promotional,” Whitt-Lee said.
Each business will find success with different social media platforms. That's why it's essential to try different platforms to determine which one will work best for your company. “Don’t worry about being on every platform, it’s too much work for one person,” Billingsley said. “The other thing I say is — don’t hire a kid just saying because they know how to post something, that doesn’t mean they know what they’re doing. There’s a lot that goes in behind it.”
Air Force Promotion Ceremony at National Archives - Day
It was a beautiful day in Washington D.C. for an Air Force promotion ceremony at The National Archives; even the little ducklings thought so. They came out for a walk with their Mom. They wanted to stroll the streets of D.C. so much, Mom wanted to walk them down Constitution Avenue. Of course, we walked out in traffic to help protect them. All of this happened before Captain Day arrived for his promotion ceremony.
Air Force Promotion Ceremony at The U.S. Capitol
Last month, I had the honor of photographing Colonel Veeder's promotion ceremony at the United States Capitol building on the Speaker of the House balcony. It is a beautiful location as the balcony overlooks the National Mall in Washington D.C. In addition, the Washington Monument is in the background. That morning, there was an inch of snow on the ground, which provide a white ground surface.
Updated: September 20, 2021
Venues for Military Ceremonies
Who would have thought we would be in the middle of a pandemic and need to look for alternatives to hold a military ceremony. Once military members return to work, many will be looking for new places to have their military ceremony. Many members wanted to have their promotion or retirement ceremonies at the National Archives Museum in Washington D.C. Now many are wondering what other locations can be used for their military ceremony. This week’s Friday Fives list is a helpful list to give you some ideas and possibilities.
Being in Washington D.C. there are so many wonderful locations to have as a military ceremony. This is a quick list of five different possibilities if you are not able to schedule your promotion or retirement ceremony at the National Archives Museum.
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