This mom never knew that PRIDE is a feeling/emotion but I have experienced otherwise. Every time I see my Coastie son, David -- whether in or out of uniform -- I just fill up with such PRIDE that I cannot help the tears from flowing. It is something that I have never experienced.
And watching David in the Honor Guard as they march with perfection and in the Silent Drill Team as they toss their bayonets into the air and catch them every time with such ease has been remarkable. And as he marched in full dress uniform with perfect white gloves down the isle 2 weeks ago to meet his beautiful bride, again those TEARS of PRIDE just flowed.
The Honor Guard travels the country representing the US Coast Guard at various functions such as sporting events, parades and funerals. They are always there when dignitaries come into Washington to meet with the President and David was at the UN just a short time ago. In my mind there was no higher honor then when the Honor Guard passed the President on Inauguration Day, as they marched passed the President he saluted to THEM. I will never erase that vision from my mind.
As David reaches the end of his two years in the Honor Guard this May and off to A school, I think both of us will never forget how the Honor Guard has taught us what it is like to be PROUD AMERICANS!