Week of Good Stories–Wreath Ceremony, Memorial Day Weekend
This is a continuation of the series of “Week of Good Stories” that I have worked on in just the past week or so.
Saturday morning. I get in at 7 a.m. to shoot live shots for our morning news that runs from 7-9 a.m.
Afterwards I am typically sent out to shoot something really quick, a little “filler” story, before going out with KCRA weekend morning anchor Leticia Ordaz to shoot a package with her.
This morning I was sent out to grab a wreath ceremony at the building which used to house the California Military History Museum, which closed a few years back.
The building is empty, save for a wall which remains with plaques with names of fallen Californian service men and women.
There is an effort, in lieu of America’s recent foreign wars, to revive the museum.
The ceremony was short, simple. The wreath was presented by a woman whose son was lost in Afghanistan a few years back.
As I have posted before, my father, Ward V. Carroll, was a combat veteran of the U.S. Marines in World War Two. I wear a Marine Corp lanyard with my press credentials as a tribute to him. I am often greeted with warm Semper Fi’s and am always quick to point out that I did not serve but that I wear it for him, which has always been greeted as a sign of respect.
These ceremonies are always, even in their simplest form, deeply moving for me.
It was very quick, simple, and I spoke with a few veterans and the mother and daughter who presented the wreath.
Returning to the station, Leticia and I went out to try and pursue a story, which just was not going to work out. Leticia gets into the station very, VERY early and is off at one p.m.
I suggested that she could take the footage I shot earlier and make a good, short story out of it, tied in with the Memorial Day weekend and the effort/desire to bring the Military History Museum back.
Again, just as she did one week previously with the Stefanie Kramer graduation story, Leticia wrote a script that knocked it out of the park.
It is simple, made out of not a lot of footage. But it is true and sincere and reaches for the emotions in all of us.
Another of the stories from this past week that I am unusually proud of.