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Thursday, September 13, 2007

"Will you marry me?"

Photos by Paul L. Schuetze/The Times

Lights! Camera! Action!

And, so it was as U.S. Air Force Capt. Joey Libro popped the question Wednesday night to Times Religion Reporter Diane Haag at the U.S. Air Force 60th Anniversary Ball — "Heritage to Horizons."

The formal fete was at Horseshoe Riverdome.

The engaging spot: the celebratory 60th birthday ice sculpture in the foyer.

Husband Paul Schuetze and I had been clued in on the plans early in the day.

Initially, we had difficulty catching up with the two in the crowd of 700, but finally spotted them as we chatted with Times publisher Pete Zanmiller and wife Jennifer. (Libro was waiting for us, too.)

The ruse was that I wanted to speak to Haag and that we wanted to take a photo of them.

So, they paused to pose.

But, after one photo, Libro asked Paul to shoot one of them on each side of the sculpture so it would show up in the photo.

Then, surrounded by friends and strangers, applause and the clicking of Paul’s camera, Libro got down on bended knee. (Oh, it was too romantic.)

He asked Haag to marry him and presented her with a diamond engagement ring.

She hugged.

She cried.

She said, "Yes."

Why, to friends and colleagues of Haag and Libro, the moment almost upstaged U.S. Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne (a delightful man) who spoke later in the dinner. He told the crowd that on the birthday of the Air Force, they were going to establish the interim command of Cyber Command right here, a comment that had the crowd on their feet.

How can even a major announcement compete with love and romance and a diamond!

The wedding? Well, apparently they had already discussed it, but it was not sealed with an engagement ring.

"We are thinking July. At Holy Trinity," said Haag.

Best wishes, Diane! Congratulations Libro!

Thanks for letting all of us share this special moment.

Catch the moment. (Go to Photo Gallery and click on USAF 60th Anniversary Ball).


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