Here in reverse order they practice leading the squadron in the presentation for the dignitaries, honored guests, parents and families for final review. DLA is a teeny tiny fierce woman (4'9" maybe?).
Slowly but surely all the squadrons march across the Truemper Street bridge and onto the parade grounds in full dress blues. I have chills still!The actual Graduation begins with the entrance of ALL the TIs. It's an impressive sight.
It drove me crazy that even with the field glasses we brought I couldn't see V! I tried, squinted, searched and fretted. I asked Joshua to look... maybe younger eyes would be better? Nope.
It wasn't until near the end of the ceremony, the pass and review, that we found her. Gotta hate height order when your kid is 5' 1". There she was just as strong and proud as can be, the last person next to her dorm chief, Cole, the blonde. We just about went nuts we were soooo excited for her!
Once again they marched around and seem soooo far away.
But then it happened... they came closer. Not close enough to see my girl in the back, but now I knew for proof-positive that she was in there. As they took their final Oath of service I don't think there was a dry eye to be seen in the stands. The warrior response just shook me it was so loud.
They allow the band members to exit and the dignitaries and the honored guests leave and everyone comes out of the stands to find their now fully-graduated Airman who must stay in place. Fortunately most of them had at least one family member there for them. I don't know how hard it would have been to see one standing alone. If there were others without family then they'd been "adopted" already.
THIS is what she looked like (we moved out of the mob to take this pic):
You know I'll be back again with more... stay tuned!