Friday, July 31, 2009

USS Dwight D Eisenhower Homecoming Photos

I do so love military homecomings! The USS Dwight D Eisenhower strike group has arrived home after 5 months deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. My son was on that deployment, but oddly enough he watched his own ship come into port --- from the pier!
IKE pulled into Mayport, Florida 2 days ago before steaming on up to Norfolk. Scott debarked at that time and flew home to Norfolk to get a head start on his own return home. So, today when IKE came through the Chesapeake Bay and into port he was there to take pictures (because I begged him to!). And he got some fantastic photos!

Even though it is very late and I should be in bed, I just have to post these tonight. I cry at military homecomings. Don't tell me these pictures don't make you just a little misty, too!
Welcome home sailors and aviators of the IKE! Thank you for your service and sacrifices. God Bless You and God Bless the USA! Go Navy!
(Thanks for the pictures, Scott.)

4 comments: said...

what absolutely beautiful photos, they too brought tears to my eyes thank God they came home. Great Post!

Carmi said...

I've got chills down to the base of my spine from these incredible photos, Barb. Please thank your son - not only for capturing the spirit of this incredible homecoming, but for also being there for the rest of the country. We need, individually and collectively, to be more vocal in our appreciation of those who serve.

Does the Navy's Public Affairs Office know about your son's mad skills with a camera? They should, as these are better than what I see on the Navy's own site. What I would give to spend some time with him someday to hear about his experiences firsthand.

Pamela said...

Making me cry too. Here from Carmi's

Tell your son "Thank you. God Bless You!!"

(I love a man in his uniform. My hub still has his whites from his 4 years. He was on a sub based out of Norfolk.)

Jama said...

I could just feel the love from the family and crew at the homecoming! awesome photography skill by your son.