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January 25, 2009

The boys are back in town ...

I know it's been a while since I posted here, but just wanted to say ... I'm back! So much has been going on. It took nearly 4 weeks for themto bring home 3,500 Soldiers and between work, school, home life and welcome home ceremonies, I am exhausted.

Friday was the welcome home ceremony held on post and let me tell you, it was a grand affair. From the helicopters delivering the dignitaries (state representatives and mayors, and military leaders) to the various speeches (there were SIX guest speakers!) to the gathering of Families of fallen Soldiers.

Here are some of the pictures I took to commemorate the event ...









There were so many people there. I was lucky to get to park at the event because I chauffered the commander's family (Let. Col. and higher were the only ones who didn't have to ride the prison-inspired white military buses from post ball fields to the event location.)

Instead of sitting in the special seating area she chose to sit with the unit Families, so by the time we got finished greeting everyone the only place left for us to sit was the grass. (We have been in the unit 5 years and who doesn't know the commander's wife, so it took a few minutes.)

Here is my self portrait ... I really love those shoes!



Until our next cup of tea ...

3 Tea Party Guest:

stitcherw said...

It does sound like a very busy, but very rewarding time. It's wonderful that they make such a special time and give them the honor they deserve when they come back.
Sue

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

You'll have earned your rest. Hope that all the guys and gals have the chance to get some quality rest, too, before they embark on other endeavors.

I like your shoes, too! They look great...are they wool?

Butterfly Wife said...

Happy Homecoming!

Enjoy some well-deserved rest.