#SOL18: Pinning

15 minutes.

A Pinning . . .

Yes, in nursing,

Yes, in sororities,

Yes, in service,

Specifically in the Army

We sit in a row:  wife, mother, daughter, sister, sister.

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Others slowly gather and fill rows behind us.

Ready and yet waiting.

Adjusting the controls on the screen and listening to the prep work behind the scenes.

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The promotion . . . (yes, via webcam)

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A speech . . .

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Changing rank . . .

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The celebratory cake for the new Command Sergeant Major . . .

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the highest non-commisioned rank in the Army!

And that’s just a small part of “How I Spent My Monday”!




Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.                                                                                                      slice of life 2016

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13 responses

  1. Wow, congratulations to him! Always nice to have a supportive family when you earn those honors. Funny that the speech was long distance- was that due to a personal connection?

    1. Erika,
      It was fun. One sib was en route back to the US from Florence and another was en route to Amsterdam so we had decent family representation. The actual ceremony was all broadcast from two hours + away so we were at my brother’s home base which was handy for us!

  2. How wonderful that the army does this. I had no idea and it warms my heart to see this personal touch.

    1. It was even more impressive than I had expected. The routines of the military are alive and well in the 21st century!

  3. Congratulations. What a great accomplishment. Technology really does make the world a smaller place. How wonderful that you were all able to get together to celebrate.

    1. Although there are times when technology fails or unfortunately causes complications, there are also many, many, many benefits!

  4. Anything military brings me to tears… Congratulations! What a wonderful way for the entire family to participate in this celebration. I’ve been hooked on the History Channel’s special on the Frontiersman… In the War of 1812, we were still fighting unaware that a peace treaty had been signed – to today’s instant news and connectedness. Thanks for sharing, Fran!

    1. You are welcome, Laurie! So many ways to be included in today’s world! ❤

  5. Congratulations to Command Sergeant Major Wayne Marek! I love how connected we can be in today’s world. And I love ceremonies recognizing and honoring achievements–traditions that have been passed down to us, e.g., military, education, professions. I think they are important marking stones in life. Thanks for sharing, Fran.

    1. Alice,
      More joy. More celebrations. They don’t all have to include cake but what if we said “thanks” more often. What if we made time for these in order to emphasize their importance? . . . 🙂 You are so welcome!

  6. Congratulations! What an accomplishment, and such a nice ceremony! It’s so great that so many of you could be part of it, thanks to technology. Thanks for sharing! 🙂 ~JudyK

  7. Well that was quite a Monday, Fran! Thank you for sharing this very special moment with all of us. You all must be very proud! Congratulations to Wayne!

  8. Congratulations! It is such an accomplishment. Glad the family got to share in it.

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