Well, if you've seen the news this week, you probably have heard that another military reserve unit from Minnesota has been deployed. Of course, this one hits pretty close to home for us as Alex trades in his school books for a flak jacket. Unlike most other units, this group isn't going to Iraq or Afghanistan but to the Horn of Africa in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The official send off was on Monday, complete with the parading of the colors, the unit standing in formation, dignitaries and speeches. Having been on both sides of the military uniform, these kind of events never fail to impress me!
It's nice to know that Alex will be in such good company! These guys just crack me up. "War" because no one in the Marines goes by a real name, Smith who I never realized was quite so tall until I saw him towering over everyone while standing in formation, Will who makes me laugh with his happy outlook and Alex ... what can I say about him? One missing in this group is Ethan who drew the short straw and is being sent to Iraq. Miss seeing him getting his hair buzzed in our kitchen the night before drill.
Wouldn't be a deployment without celebrities! Governor Pawlenty was the main speaker, as well as Representative Kline, who has a son in Iraq ... he spoke about what it means to be left behind from a dad's point of view ... and Senator Norm Coleman who was nice enough to let us get a photo of him with Alex. Does that thumbs up mean Alex will be pencilling him into his absentee ballot this fall???
Have to take family photos. Nice touch having the flag in the background, don't you think? This is one of the few where I don't look like I've been sobbing uncontrollably ... ya ... I was a mess. Some I was crying and laughing at the same time! Poor Alex couldn't look at me half the time. I was so jealous of those moms who didn't even shed a tear. How do they do that? So here we all are ... Roseann, Rob, Alex, Bob and Teddy.
One last one ... even though there are tons more. I love this one of Alex and Katie. Katie's off to teach in France in September ... her mom and I are in the same boat. Who told these kids they could grow up and lead their own lives??? Here's a link to my flickr if you want to see more of the day ... https://www.flickr.com/photos/rosebudscottage/ ... can't wait to put up some from the homecoming next year!
Be safe 471!!!