Naval Retirement Ceremony | National Archives | Washington D.C.
When I received an email a few months back inquiring as to my availability to photograph a Navy retirement ceremony at the National Archives in Washington D.C., I didn't hesitate to say, "yes". We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful summer day in the Nation's Capital. Like many ceremonies held at the National Archives, it's not a traditional ceremony because the nation's documents are held in the Rotunda.
Like many military members, this family was familiar with the deployments and separations that are common nature to being a part of the military community. So not only was this a day of celebration for the member for successfully completing more than 20 years of active duty service, but also for the family members. Now they can rest assured their military member will no longer be deployed and separated for an extended period of time.
Once inside the Rotunda, the family was in awe looking at the documents and even seeing a hand print on the bottom left corner of the Declaration of Independence. The two murals in the Rotunda are also breath taking.
This retirement ceremony was unlike any other I've attended. There was so much love in the room and it was filled with tears from beginning to end. The ceremony began with reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and followed with prayer.
After completing 20 years or more in military service, this certificate is what many members look forward to receiving during their retirement ceremony; culminating a successful career.
Thank you for your service and congratulations on your retirement.
Are you a military member and you're projected for promotion or will be retiring and looking to have your ceremony photographed, I would love to speak with you about capturing a special moment in your career. I can be reached by telephone by calling (571) 250-5073 or email at email@example.com.
Hello, I'm Tamieka, owner of Tamieka Smith Photography. I would love to help you plan your family's sunset portraits in Northern Virginia (or surrounding area) or photograph your military ceremony — possibly both. Working with families and military members is my specialty. I hope you'll look at my recent work and all that’s available for you. I hope we're able to work together and I’m able to document your family’s history.