Hubs and I traveled down to Parris Island, South Carolina last week.
We went to enjoy the Marine Corps Graduation.
We started out at 6:30 AM waiting for our new Marine to run by with his platoon. It was hard to spot him in a group of young men who all look alike.
We enjoyed a glimpse of Ryan before Family day on the base.
The next morning was very stirring with the raising of the colors while the Marine Corps band played the Star Spangled Banner.
The entire audience was moved to tears as two jets flew over right as the flag reached the top of the flag pole. It was picture of freedom.
A replica of the statuary of Iwo Jima was a popular spot for picture taking.
The graduation ceremony was impressive. All of those young men (the young women graduate on a different weekend), had worked extremely hard for 13 weeks to reach their goal.
Ryan is the first one in the third row behind the Drill Instructors.
We're so proud of him!
As soon as we got off of the base, he couldn't wait to put in his contact lenses and take off the "port hole" glasses they issued him. Jeans and a T-shirt were also a welcome gift from home. The picnic basket on the back seat of the car was emptied pretty quickly during the 8 hour ride home - that boy can eat!
Our daughter, Ashley, blogged about our family on her blog O Happy Daze.