Spring is beautiful in Washington D.C. with the blooming of the Cherry Blossoms, however, it can be tricky because an unexpected rainfall may appear; this was the case yesterday. The sky was gloomy and cloudy mixed in a few sprinkles of rain. However this didn't stop the excitement of Air Force Officer Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Rowe and his family.
Lt Col Rowe and his family arrived at The National Archives Museum and there were smiles all around. Lt Col Rowe introduced his family to his co-workers and friends prior to the start of his promotion ceremony in the Rotunda.
While waiting for the Event Doors to open we were able to get beautiful family portrait.
Once inside, Lt Col Rowe's family and friends were able to look at the Bill of Rights, The United States Constitution, and several of the nation's other documents. To their surprise, the room is extremely dark to help preserve inside the room.
The promotion ceremony was called to order and everyone gathered for the start of the ceremony.
One of Lt Col Rowe's daughters played the National Anthem on the Cello. It sounded beautiful and everyone was in awe.
At the completion of the National Anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Lt Col Rowe's other daughter.
The Presiding Officer talked about Lt Col Rowe's military career and how the Air Force beliefs he's an excellent asset to keep and promote to continue doing momentus work.
The room was called to Attention and the promotion orders were published.
Colonel Rowe's new rank was pinned on by his family with the United States Constitution as the backdrop.
Colonel Rowe was then administered the Oath of Office.
At the completion of the Oath, Colonel Rowe took time to thank each and everyone of his guests for making the drive to attend his promotion ceremony. As many of his guest traveled from out of state to attend his ceremony.
At the completion of the ceremony, Colonel Rowe's family and guests took several portraits outside the museum of the National Archives. We were even able to photograph a father and son portrait under the Vietnam banner at the top of the stairs.
It's always an honor and privilege to photograph military ceremonies inside The National Archives Museum. Colonel Rowe, I wish you continued success with your Air Force career.