Zach graduated from Marine bootcamp on February 10th! I was fortunate to be able to make the trip for his graduation with his girlfriend Carley and my parents. We had a wonderful trip and it was an experience I will never forget.
I will have more photos to post later but here is one of us from yesterday, Zach went to church and stopped by so we could get a family photo with him in his uniform.
I cannot even begin to describe the feelings of pride and love I felt as we went through the events in San Diego. Family day was wonderful, our first glimpse of Zach was when he ran by on their Moto run. He was in the last platoon so we had to wait through about 300 Marines before we saw him, I will never forget that feeling.
Spending the day with him and meeting those closest to him in his platoon was amazing. As we walked around the base and Zach was constantly saying "good afternoon sergeant" and saluting, it was just so cool. He truly enjoyed his bootcamp experience and made life long relationships with so many.
Graduation was amazing, so emotional to see all these young men choosing to serve and protect us all. There were so many people, so many, there to support and celebrate the new Marines.
Thank you Zach for being the young man you are. You will accomplish so much in life and will have us supporting you all the way. We love you and could not possibly be any more proud of you.