Week 4 Ligocki
"Realizing the impact"
I met with Myles yesterday to take photos and conduct our second interview. It was quite enjoyable making small talk with him and Shawn McAfee, who is the art director on this project, as we were taking photos. Most of the topics were focused on the military. Specifically, Shawn shared her experience with the military as she has had a few family members serve.
She shared a story of a family member of hers, who was a veteran and had passed away, who had a gun malfunction during the 21-gun salute at his funeral. So instead of a 21-gun salute, it was more like a ‘50-gun salute,’ as the gun went off a few too many times.
Myles seemed to enjoy that story, although the initial topic seemed to take him aback. He described the ceremony as one of the ‘saddest things to experience’. I wonder if he ever had to participate in a ceremony before? He shared with me that he had a buddy who was killed in action in Afghanistan, so I wonder if he witnessed his salute?
The thing that sparked my attention as Myles talked about these ceremonies was the tone in his voice. Of course, there was a hint of humbling emotion, but I also sensed a tone of gratitude. That tone could've been there because of his gratitude toward these ceremonies as they show a great amount of respect toward veterans. But it could have also stemmed from his gratitude of just being alive, that he survived both of his tours and is able to be here today to talk about this military tradition.