S: Retirement 2012
FC: Mary's Navy Retirement Ceremony April 14, 2012 Sioux Falls, SD
1: The agonizing minutes before the ceremony. I appear a bit stressed, don't you think?
2: Having friends from the past suddenly appear was a bit overwhelming. (Above photo: Yvonne Haas & Alan Rickel.)
4: The reception table hosted at the NOSC.
6: Gr | Greeting our new addition to the "Goodburns"
9: HMCM (Ret) Yvonne Haas and I being "piped" aboard. The ceremony commences....
10: The National Anthem
11: CDR Simpson, myself, and Ali Hoffman (vocalist from Augustana)
13: CDR Simpson, CDR Lori Larsen (MC), Pastor Ed Nesselhuf, and HMCM (Ret) Haas
14: O | OLDE GLORY I am the Flag of the United States of America—My name is Olde Glory! I fly atop the world’s tallest buildings. I stand watch in America’s halls of justice. I fly majestically over great institutions of learning. I stand guard with the greatest military power in the world. Look up and see me! I stand for Peace, Honor, Truth, and Justice—I stand for Freedom. I am confident, I am arrogant, I am proud! When I am flown with my fellow banners, my head is a little higher, my colors a little truer. I bow to no one—I am recognized all over the world. I am worshipped, I am saluted, I am respected. I am revered, I am loved, and I am feared! I have fought in every battle of every war for more than two hundred years: Gettysburg, Shilo, Appomattox, San Juan Hill, the trenches of France, the Argonne Forest, Anzio, Rome, the beaches of Normandy, Guam, Okinawa, Tarawa, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Iraq, Afghanistan, and scores of places long forgotten by all except by those who were there with me. I was there!! I led my Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines. I followed them, and watched over them. They love me. I was on a small hill on Iwo Jima. I was dirty, battle worn and tired, but my Soldiers cheered me, and I was PROUD! I have been soiled, burned, torn and trampled on the streets of our own country, but when it is by those whom I have served with in battle, it HURTS! But I shall overcome—for I am strong. I have slipped the bonds of earth, and from my vantage point on the moon, I stand watch over the uncharted new frontiers of space I have been a silent witness to all of America’s finest hours. But my finest hour comes. —when I am torn in strips to be used as bandages for my wounded comrades on the field of battle, —when I fly half mast to honor my Soldiers, my Sailors, my Airmen, my Marines —and when I lie in the trembling arms of a grieving mother— at the graveside of her fallen son or daughter. I am proud— My name is Olde Glory! Long may I wave, dear God, long may I wave.
16: Receiving the flag from HMC Dave Huntimer
17: Passing the flag to Randy
23: Walt Whitman | "I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey work of the stars."