|At lunch before the change-of-appointment parade.|
It was a very busy couple of weeks, indeed! Rather than blasting you with all the news in a single post, I'll split the highlights over the next two or three days. Here's the first instalment.
|Note the candles.|
|We were so very glad Steve's parents could join us for this day.|
I've described a military parade before -- it is not at all like a civilian parade where people "march" (I use the term loosely) in costumes and with decorated floats and an occasional band. In this military parade, the band was stationary and troops marched in in regimental lines with percussive bootsteps, strict alignment and solemn demeanours (mostly).
|Stephen signs the change of appointment certificate.|
|Major-general Neasmith passes the branch banner to Stephen's successor, while Steve stands at attention.|
|He loathes having his picture taken, but had to accept that this was a worthy occasion.|
He is full of plans to follow his uncle, grandfathers, and father into the military.
Depart with Dignity
When we left Colorado Springs, I mentioned that the military really knows how to say goodbye. This is especially true when it comes to retirement. Last week, family (including Stephen's parents, brother, and sister) and colleagues gathered to more formally mark his retirement.
We had a buffet lunch followed by a fun slide presentation and then some certificates, including one for me and for each of our children. There were also beautiful floral bouquets for Steve's mother, our daughters, and for me.
|A portion of my bouquet.|