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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

To serve his Country

If you have never done so, imagine what it might feel like to send your son or daughter off to the Marines. Now take those feelings and multiply them by about 100. Well, today was our day to send Daniel Aric Tinetti off to Recruit Training with the Marine Corps. Packed into a tiny ceremony room, 6 recruits and several family members listened as a commissioned officer expressed his personal encouragement to our sons. He spoke of his admiration of their courage to fight for our freedom. The recruits were then sworn in and the ceremony concluded with "Congratulations and welcome to the United States Armed Forces".

So there we were - after 20 years of raising Daniel to be the best young man we could provide to society and we've managed to boil it down to a 5 minute ceremony, a hug, and a tearful goodbye.
Over the next 13 weeks, our son will be converted into a Marine. Be that as it may, he will always be our Daniel. We are very proud of Daniel and know that he will serve his country with honor.

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