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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Graduation Day

Friday was graduation Day. 920 soldiers graduated, from 5 different companies. It was a nice ceremony, but not the tear jerker we heard it would be! It is quite something to see them all marching and lining up.

Here is Andy in his dress uniform, minus the jacket.



Proud Dad and Mom with Andy


Laura, Aaron, Andy, Heather


After Andy received his papers, he was released to us to drive to Fort Eustis. On the drive through North Carolina we stopped at a Civil War battlefield. This home was used as a hospital during the war. The family remained upstairs while 600 Union and 45 Confederate soldiers were treated. It is in nearly the same condition as it was at the time.
We are now in Virginia and will be starting for home after we deliver Andy. Hopefully we won't be too teary as we start home! It's been great seeing him again.

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11 comments:

Terri said...

Love the pictures. That house was really cool too. I love things that have to do with Civil War. So when exactly do you leave Virginia? Is it today or do you get to spend some more time with Andy today. Can't wait to see you when you get home.

~Just A Thought Ginger said...

Hope your time saying goodbye goes well. It's never the fun part, I know! I'll be praying for you.

Love the family photos. I can't believe we are old enough to have kids all grown up. Your family is beautiful!

Melissa said...

Wow! It's cool to see Andy all decked out like that :) Have a great day with him!

Megan (FriedOkra) said...

Have a safe trip home after plenty of hugs!

M

Nancy said...

Mari, such wonderful pic's. Andy looks so professional!!! How proud you muct be...

Karen said...

I would be soooo proud, as I can see you are. With a 6 year old son it blows me away that one day he will be a tall young man. Your son is a handsome fellow! So glad this visit has been a wonderful one for you all. It gladdens my heart.

Just Another Day In Paradise said...

Wow- I can't believe how much Andy looks like Bob- I've never realized that before. Drive safely home- we're all ready to have you home again.
PS Cleo has been a very good girl. Halle is quite upset with you that you left her home- she didn't think that was very nice!

Renee said...

Congrats Andy!

Mari - an extra big hug as you leave your "blessing" and part ways for a while.!

Renee

Jennifer Partin said...

Being overseas and in Japan makes me have a greater appreciation of those who are in uniform. What they and their families sacrifice is extraordinary! Be proud---as I'm sure you are, and thank you!!
BTW, did you try the rating link for your Blog? That was really fun to see and try. Praying for you as you say your goodbye's.

Dena said...

What great pictures - he looks just like Bob when they are wearing glasses!!! So fun!

The Birds Nest said...

What a beautiful site- all of those soldiers. I'm sure you must be so proud that your son is serving our country and protecting our freedom!