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Yellow Footprints speech

Posted By: Jamee Gray 10-21-11

 

When my son left on 05 September 2011, I thought that I would just curl up in a ball and cry until he came back home. My wonderful fiancé let me cry, but was very reassuring that my baby would be just fine. Well, what did he know anyway?

Well actually... A LOT! He was a recruit and stood on those very yellow footprints at Parris Island on 11 August 1987, coincidentally, my birthday. (which is great, because he will never forget that day) But he knew exactly what my son was about to go through. He heard these same words, "You are now aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island South Carolina, and you have just taken the first step toward becoming a member of the world’s finest fighting force, the United States Marine Corps.” But instead of trying to explain it all away, he just let me cry and comforted me.

Before my son left, they would have conversations about boot camp, the Marines and other guy stuff. I would just sit back and listen to the two of them chatting away. But when it came to the Marines, there was always a sparkle in my fiancé’s eyes. From the very first day we met, he would talk with such pride about the Corp. And now that my son is going through the same thing, I can feel the confidence growing in the words from his letters I receive, but I can’t wait to see that sparkle and pride in his eyes as well. It looks good on a man!!

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Carolyn  Alvarado Avatar

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Wow Jamee,
All three of your boys thats aswesome. I know that its hard but the joy & the pride you feel is indescribable, what an awesome mom you must be to raise three young men to stand up & fight for the rights of us all. Congrats mom to you & your boys. I wish you & them nothing but the best.

Posted by: Carolyn Alvarado on 10/25/2011

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Jamee,
It looks even better on your son when you realize hes a man. Im so happy for you that you are getting to the end & will soon see your son. Hoorah!

Posted by: Carolyn Alvarado on 10/24/2011

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Jamee Gray Avatar

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Thank you Carolyn! And you are so right! My recruit is the youngest of 3 boys- the other two are Army (one currently deployed in Iraq)!! I am so very proud!! Seeing the other two on their graduation day was amazing... They truly do 'grow up' and transform!! It's the most amazing thing for a parent to be a part of!!

Posted by: Jamee Gray on 10/25/2011

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