Two air force cadet warrant officers – Declan Lloyd, left, and Adam Boyden – and a visitor at the end of a family gathering in Oshawa.
The evening was winding down. The last of the catering staff at the hall folded up the dining tables and chairs. The flags that had presided over the ceremony all evening had disappeared back into their sheaths. I had autographed the last of some books people had purchased. Among the last of the cadets recognized for his service during the course of the evening approached me with a final request.
“Sir, would you allow us to take a photograph with you?” Warrant Officer Adam Boyden, 19, asked.
“Sure,” I said, “but you can call me Ted.”
He smiled back respectfully, called his friend, Warrant Officer Declan Lloyd to join us in the photograph, and the three of us posed for several smart-phone snapshots before everybody said their last good-nights and left the hall.