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I started my day in Haverstraw and sang first, thank goodness. That ceremony was pretty much a tear-fest from that moment on. I recovered myself with a trip to the deli to see some of our friends before heading over to the Orangetown ceremony where I got just be "the wife" and observe and listen. There were some true and heartfelt words that, again, brought me to tears.
My sister saved the day with a phone call at 1. We went for a short walk (15 minutes is my limit) and then had lunch at Noonan's. Yummy burgers and beer make for smiles and a little recovery from all the sadness. Katie is awesome!
The Clarkstown ceremony was very formal. Their Honor Guard is TIGHT. I was impressed with the drill and ceremony...and I'm getting to be a good observer, though I don't think I could ever successfully do it. Hudson Voices sang again and I think it went pretty well. I know I was more together than I was during the morning's ceremony.
For those reading, keep writing. Our soldiers need to hear from us, even if they don't have the time to write back. They get our notes and it helps them get through another day. Sarge recently compared their lives to the movie "Groundhog Day" where each day is exactly like the first. Write and remind your soldier that there is life outside their base and routines. They will appreciate it!