The battalion (3-116th Cavalry) that Michael was part of for 14 years just deployed. This last year he moved to a different battalion for promotional purposes. It was strange to watch this ceremony knowing I was going to have my husband home this time (his new battalion is slated to go in a couple of years). We both have been feeling guilty yet relieved that we get to stay together as a family a little longer, unlike so many of our friends. We felt so bad for the soldiers and their families who are making this tremendous sacrifice for the next year. We are so proud of each of them and stand by ready to serve the families left behind.Many motorcycle groups joined forces with the Patriot Guard to line the perimeter of the parade field with American flags and then escort them out of town. Michael is third motorcyclists from the left. The kids and I were so proud of him for taking time off work to do this.One unit out of four, marching onto the field.The battalion was too spread out, so this was the best shot I could get of most of them. The presentation of colors to the Oregon Governor (black suit).Josiah was so cute. He was copying whatever the soldiers were doing. If they were saluting, he'd salute. If they were at attention, he was at attention. If they were at ease, he was at ease. So precious! Hailey was dressed in her patriotic shirt and impatiently watched the ceremony.She wanted to wear the necklace I made during the time Michael was last deployed. It is very special to me and she seemed to sense that.
I wish I would have had my camera handy when we went downtown for the final farewell as the buses drove through town on their way to the freeway. My friend sent me this picture of the kids. It was a sight to see. I was thrilled to see how many people were lining the streets and how many motorcyclists were escorting the buses full of soldiers.
God, please keep these precious servants and their families safe. Take care of their every need. Hold them in the shadow of your wing. For those who don't know the hope that is found in You, please show them that Truth through this deployment. Increase their faith. May their lives glorify You.
In Jesus Name, Amen!