Back in October I was asked by a fellow photog to help him shoot the Semper Fi Fund’s Pasta Dinner the night before the MCM. Since I wasn’t shooting or running in the marathon itself, and Marines kick ass, I was happy to come down and help him out. Of course only after I agreed to that did I realize I had to get into DC the night before the race which just happened to be when people who attended ‘The Rally To Restore Sanity/Fear’ were heading out of town. Good luck finding parking!
The event itself was wonderful. I was honored to be in the same room with so many men and women who have served and serve in our military.
It was an especially great honor to have General Al Gray, 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps in attendance, and speaking to the runners, Marines and family. The joy on each Marines face as General Gray made it rounds to the tables was immeasurable. Of course the most moving story of the night was hearing Ronnie Porta speak before the crowd of his fellow Marines. Ronnie is a young Marine, I believe he is 24 or 25, and has endured numerous surgeries for his injuries sustained while serving in Iraq.
Click here to see the full gallery from this wonderful event!