I had the chance to attend a Marine Corps commissioning ceremony with my friend, Danielle, a few months ago. She and I worked together as graphic designers right after college in '01, and we've kept in touch over the years. She told me that her husband, Sean, was graduating from the Marine Corps Officer Candidates School (OCS) and that she would love to have some pictures taken at his commissioning ceremony. I jumped at the chance, not only because it seemed like an amazing event to witness, but also because this was an important achievement for Sean and their whole family. The ceremony took place at The National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, VA. The exterior design of the building is beautiful and meant to "evoke the image of the flag raisers of Iwo Jima". After witnessing the powerful ceremony and Sean's pinning and salute, I was moved. I now have an even bigger appreciation for the men and women who serve our country.