This story was first written in 2000 while covering Veteran’s Day ceremonies in Washington. It seems appropriate for Memorial Day eight years later:
Veterans Day on the National Mall in Washington and I was shooting an assignment at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The shiny black surface of the memorial is highly reflective and I captured many photos of visitors as they paid tribute to those who fell in the war.
Then I noticed a young girl searching the wall for a name. She moved methodically from panel to panel, running her fingers along the names.
Then she stopped and stared at one name. She stood silently for a while, then reached into her pocket, pulled out a flower and pressed it to the wall just above the name.
I raised my camera and fired one shot. It was all I needed.