Thursday, we started the day late. Well, later than we should have. I just couldn't get up out of bed when I was supposed to. We were almost an hour late. When we arrived at the front gate off Washington St to the recruit depot, we were being followed in by the rest of Derek's family in his dad's truck. After having the car searched, IDs checked, and getting to the parking lot, we saw the young men in camos practicing their drilling for graduation. We came to stop and I told Derek to get out and take my camera. His son was over there. And we later found out that his son saw him standing there as he marched by.
|David (Derek's middle son) with Deven's platoon flag.|
|This was the first time we got to really see Deven that day. The motivational run.|
We later made our way to the theater to watch a short film based on the Marines. Afterwards, Pvt D. Mitchell came out and we were able to see him. Hugs were had after 3 months of seperation and tears were shed. And we got to spend almost 4 hours with Deven on base until he had to go back to prepare for graduation this next day.
|For Kylee, David, & Ryan.|
|Three generations; David, Derek, & Derek's dad.|