Although it's morning, the fall skies are dark and awaiting the arrival of the sun and one of the Air Force's newest newest promotee. The outside of The National Archives is in preparation for the Veteran's Day festivities that will start new week. One of the newest changes is the American Flag Banner hanging in from of the museum.
As Major Schwartz arrived, he was greeted by his friends and co-workers.
Each promotion ceremony is different, but their is one common factor, the excitement about about the impending promotion. Family, friends, and co-workers use the time prior to the start of the ceremony to catch-up and just maybe tell a few jokes at the expensive of the promotee.
Major Schwartz wanted to take a few seconds to get one last portrait of him and his beautiful bride in this current rank before he walked in to get promoted to Lieutenant Colonel as well as one with his entire family.
Around 8:50am we begin to walk inside the museum.
Once inside the Rotunda of The National Archives, Major Schwartz's friends, family, and co-workers were able to walk around and look at the Nation's founding documents and the two murals hanging on the walls.
The ceremony was called to order.
There were so many smiles and laughter when it came to pinning on the new rank insignia. It's almost like a game of who can do it the quickest.
Lieutenant Colonel Schwartz, congratulations again on your promotion and I wish you continued success in your military career.
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