Monday, September 27, 2010

Our Journey Home: Mark Receives the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal

On the morning we left Beaufort, Mark was honored as the recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal at US Naval Hospital Beaufort.

What a beautiful morning it was...

C and M and B came to show their support for Mark

The P's did too

Mark, in his whites, lined up with the other officers attending morning colors.

Preparing for the presentation of the medal in front of such a beautiful view.

Mark comes forward to accept his medal

I was so proud of him and everything he accomplished within Navy medicine

The official award documentation 

The medal!!!  

After the end of the medal presentation and other command announcements, the color guard began their march toward to the flag pole where they would raise our Nation's flag.

At attention while the flag is being raised...

I salute all those who have chosen to serve our country.  Your sacrifices are never forgotten.

After morning colors, we had the chance to say a few last goodbyes...

Lee, Mark's department head, and Mark

Mark and me and the OB/GYN clinic staff

Mark and our dear friend Robert

Our best buddies who I already miss so much

Mark and me in one final photo with Mark in his uniform

I cannot begin to explain how much I have appreciated Mark's four years of active duty service.  While Mark and I are so incredibly grateful that his four years were free of deployment, I recognize us to be in the vast minority.   Each and every day, I was reminded that freedom comes at a price.  It is a sacrifice made by brave Americans who know this price and, in spite of it, volunteer to protect our most basic of rights.  Every time I stepped foot on Parris Island, I was overcome with a sense of pride and allegiance to the young men and women who chose to serve in the US Marine Corps.  They enter the gates of PI boys and girls, and they leave men and women confident that protecting our freedoms is their duty. How can I leave Beaufort anything but eternally grateful for having been a part of that?


  1. congratulations to mark! what a gorgeous morning.

  2. Congratulations and thank you to both you and Mark!

  3. I agree. As you know, I'm from a military family and am passionate about honoring those who serve.
    Congrats to Mark on his medal! What an honor indeed!

  4. Congrats!! and tell him a big thank you for his service!! What a beautiful morning too! Hope your move is going safe and sound!!

  5. Congrats to him! Thanks for his service!!

  6. What a beautiful way to say good bye. Congrats to Mark and welcome home to both you!

  7. Big congratulations to your hubbie! What a true honor. You both look great - what a proud day!

  8. Congratulations to Mark! What an amazing honor!

  9. congratulations to mark! and to you too!

    <3, Mimi

  10. congrats to him and congrats to the woman behind the man. I am in awe of both of you for your loyalty.

  11. Congratulations to your husband and thanks from the bottom of my heart for his service! A beautiful day...God was definitely smiling down on y'all! Welcome home by the way!

  12. Awe.. congrats to mark! So happy and proud of ya'll! :)



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