Marine Corps Police Academy

Yesterday morning Len and I attended the first ever East Coast Regional Marine Corps Police Academy graduation. We have a friend who was a part of the class and now serves as a Patrolman.

Our friend is Bert Merchant and if you look, you'll see his name as it was printed in the program.

In this next picture, you'll see Len as he is reading over the program.

I felt it necessary to get a picture of the back of the head of a Marine with the American flag. There's just something about the bald head of a Marine that goes well with the American flag. It's too bad the focus wasn't better.

The guest speaker for the ceremony was Brigadier General James B. Laster. He is the Commanding General, Eastern Recruiting Region, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina. It was an extreme honor for his presence at the ceremony.

Here's the General pinning Bert.

Here's the General shaking hands with Bert. The lighting wasn't very good so the action of the handshake is a little blurry.

Here are the graduates from behind as they're taking the oath of office.

Bert and his beautiful wife, Carli.

Bert with his wonderful children. I just love this family!

Here are a couple of shots of Bert and guys who mean a lot to him.

Here is the group as they witness the promotion of two of their fellow officers.

It was a nice ceremony and Len and I are so proud of Bert. Congratulations Bert and to all the Merchant family!

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