Yesterday, I was blessed to be able to photograph one of the many Homecoming events for returning soldiers that takes place each year. It was such an awesome reminder of how much our service members sacrifice for us each day. I was able to share in the laughter, the tears, and the joy of so many as they welcomed home husbands, wives, fiances, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters. There is something so bittersweet about a Dad meeting and holding his newborn child for the first time, or a proud wife that doesn't know whether to laugh or cry (who usually does both!).. it's these moments that make me so grateful for all that you do.
As an Army wife, I am no stranger to how much the family of the soldier has to sacrifice as well. Let us not forget how much our service members of all branches and their families give up for us and our freedom so that we can do whatever it is we do.. including my opportunity to photograph amazing people and families. America was built on the backs of men and women just like these soldiers who are willing to risk their lives and give up the comfort of their home, and the presence of their families, to ensure that we can call the United States our home.
God Bless all of our veterans - past, present, and future - and may we never take you for granted.. and for those that I met yesterday, and those that I didn't, Welcome Home!! We are so glad to have you back safely.. Thank You a million times for your service to our country.
I am a local photographer in Manhattan, Kansas. I serve Manhattan and the surrounding areas of the Flint Hills including Fort Riley, Junction City, Wamego, St. George, KS. There is a small travel fee for clients of 20 miles away depending on the location. I also offer services for Engagement, Wedding, Senior, Newborn, Cake Smash, Family, and Children.
Stacey Zoll Photography
Manhattan, Fort Riley, Junction City, Kansas