Our son Ryan was receiving his commission as a Chief Warrant Officer in the Coast Guard and there was no way we were going to miss the ceremony.
My dad was able to come from New Jersey, accompanied by our other son, Corey.
I got a chance to speak, telling the audience of our family traditions. Ryan is the seventh Coastie between our two families' (Marti's and mine) history.
I was honored, as a retired Coast Guard officer, to administer the oath of commission to Ryan.
Then I had the honor, along with Ryan's wife, Amber, to place the CWO shoulder boards on his uniform, shoulder boards that I had once owned.
Our newly commissioned Coast Guard officer.
But wait, there's more! Corey presents his brother with an officer's ceremonial sword, purchased by our family as an heirloom to mark this special day.
A sword, you ask? Aside from ceremonial occasions, what use does a sword have in this day and age?
To cut the cakes! Little Beka supervised her daddy cutting the cakes.
After the ceremony, we headed down to see the cutter Ryan had been stationed on. He's transferring to a new assignment on the West coast. We're glad we have the Journey, it's going to get some new miles on it as we head out there to visit, hopefully a lot.
My dad, a World War II veteran, enjoyed the day and took in the sights of the Mississippi River in flood stage with all kinds of debris floating along.
It was a great day. One proud mom with her two boys.
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