We've been experiencing the hottest days this year in Northern Virginia and the surrounding areas. Today was no different; upon arrival in Washington D.C., the temperature was over 80° before 7am. Yes, it was simply hot and let's not talk about the humidity.
Despite all the unbearable heat, Major Morris and his family were excited for the day - as it was his promotion day at the National Archives Museum in Washington D.C.
Upon arriving at the National Archives, Major Morris and his family greeted everyone who came to the museum to help him celebrate a wonderful moment in his military career.
There was so much excitement when it was time to go inside; can you say air conditioning. Once inside the Rotunda of the Archives, the guests, family, and friends we able to view the Nation's documents. Did you know the real Constitution of the United States is housed in the Archives?
The ceremony was called to order and Major Morris's daughter sang a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Oh my goodness, she sounded beautiful. After she completed, everyone gave her a big hand clap of praise...she was that great. After the Star Spangled Banner, her brother gave the Invocation.
It was a sight and honor for me to be a witness to the special moment.
Following the Invocation, Brigadier General (BG) Burks came forward and discussed Major Morris military career and how successful he's been that the Air Force sought to promote him to Lieutenant Colonel.
Now it's time for the best part; the family was called forward to pin on the new rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Then BG Burks administered the Oath of Office in front of the United States Constitution while his friends and family witnessed. For those without knowledge of the military community, you may wonder what's so significant about military members being promoted in front of their family members. More often than not, military members are on Temporary Duty (TDY) and unable to have their promotion ceremonies with the family members present. So when a promotion ceremony can happen and be witnessed by their family members it is a significant occasion.
After the Oath of Office, Lieutenant Colonel Morris thanked everyone for their attendance to his promotion ceremony and more importantly their support.
It was truly a special moment...there were even a few tears shed.
Lieutenant Colonel Morris gave his wife an honorary promotion to Colonel. It was a unique moment capped with a salute to his superior officer.
Following the promotion ceremony, Lieutenant Colonel Morris's guests were able to get a final glance at the documents and took a few portraits with the new promotee.
Aren't they the cutest...the kids wanted to salute in the picture.
What a beautiful family portrait. It's perfect for the celebration of Independence Day.
Congratulation again Lieutenant Colonel Morris on your promotion. I wish you continued success with your military career.
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