On this bright, clear afternoon I was standing with the families and friends of the eight aircrews flying away from home for a year. Wives and Moms were the most obviously sad. Fathers tried to remain composed, but a couple of the grandfathers were very emotional.
I took a lot of family pictures before the final ceremony and will post these on line soon. If things had worked out differently, I might have been going to Texas with Alpha.
Flying to Texas
Putting away the flags after the Blackhawks disappear from sight