What a good Day!
This day turned out to be a perfect Saturday! The weather was wonderful! It is beginning to look more and more like spring after all. Despite the fact Mr. Winter keeps trying to show its ugly side effects!! Mom and I went to my son’s pinning ceremony and it rained and was cold the whole day! We had a slower drive home that night because it was pretty hard to see where we were going due to the rain! We did make it safely home and my son is safely inAlaskawhere he is in the process of being assigned to a new unit and starting his new life at his first duty station!
It hit me right before the ceremony started. This was not a dream – he really is in the Army and I am not going to wake up and find this was all just a dream and he is really planning on going to college somewhere close! He freally is inAlaskain the middle of in-processing. I have had a minute or two of not handling this all to well! I am feeling some of the empty nest feelings and have shed a tear or two. Mom said for me not to feel ashamed because this is different than if he was just a few hours away by car. He is an all day long plane ride away. It would take a week probably to drive there! Okay maybe not a whole week but several days. Not the same as if he was still living with his dad and was only 8 hours away! God has this in control however – I can feel his hands surrounding me in his warm hug reassuring me that I am not alone and that he loves me so much! Thank you Jesus!
Anyway- the ceremony was an awesome experience. We got there a little early and they were still rehearsing. It is interesting how the Army does all things in excellence – they sent those men out to come in again at least twice in a row that we were there and who knows how many times they had to do it before we got there. They had a special speaker who had a very short 10 minute presentation. It was one of their instructors. They had three officers doing the actual pinning on of the Field Artillery Cross Arms. Then they all recited the Army Creed in unison. I tell you this has been the only time ever that I wish I had a movie camera. That was one thing I wish I could have captured. It was so awesome the intensity on the faces of the men and that fact that they really meant it when they were reciting it. If you have never read it you should look it up you can find it on the Army web site I am sure. It sent goose bumps up my spine!! When the ceremony was over they dismissed the troops and we were offered the opportunity to congratulate the men. When we got in the line to shake their hands to see their pride that they were done and how they appreciated the congratulations –it was probably the second best part!
All in all we had a really good day. Once the ceremony was over we did get a little lost on the base but we did find Thomas’ battalion and we were able to take him to dinner and spend a little time with him before we needed to get back to Green Country. It never feels like we get to spend much time together we always have to get back home but that is for me I guess. He was pleased we had come and was happy we could spend what time together we did get. He really is a good kid that has turned into a good man! I am pleased! Thank you Jesus for Thomas!
I have been thinking about the creed and remembering in the Scriptures how there are lots of wars being fought but is there some sort of creed for us? Well I googled it and this passage from Nehemiah jumped out at me.
13-14 So I stationed armed guards at the most vulnerable places of the wall and assigned people by families with their swords, lances, and bows. After looking things over I stood up and spoke to the nobles, officials, and everyone else: “Don’t be afraid of them. Put your minds on the Master, great and awesome, and then fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.”
Can you imagine Nehemiah using his hands and raising his arms to make his point? This is telling us to keep our focus on God who is watching over us and keeping us safe and defend your family and your homes. So we have a creed as well!
I am praying for you!
P.S. Here is the Soldier’s Creed – I looked it up for you –in my opinion it is impressive~
I am an American Soldier.
I am a warrior and a member of a team.
I serve the people of theUnited States, and live the Army Values.
I will always place the mission first.
I will never accept defeat.
I will never quit.
I will never leave a fallen comrade.
I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior
tasks and drills.
I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.
I am an expert and I am a professional.
I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy, the enemies of theUnited Statesof
Americain close combat.
I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.
I am an American Soldier.