The day finally arrived. My older son commissioned and graduated this past weekend, the ceremony was wonderful and the University of Idaho and the ROTC Battalion did a terrific job. The cadets were sworn in by the Commandant of the Marine Corps who was also the Keynote speaker at the graduation. Our younger son was able to carry the US Flag for the color guard during the graduation while all the combined ROTC Cadets were sworn in during the graduation ceremony, the box of tissues were handy. The hall was filled with a lot of very proud parents as these young men and women received their commissions. These cadets could not have asked for a better Cadre both past and present. Thank you to the University of Idaho Chrisman Battalion for turning these once raw cadets into the officers in the the US Army, it was a job well done. The whole weekend was one of both joy and sadness for my son as he finally reached his goal he also had to say goodbye to those close friends that shared his journey. We still have 3 years to follow your younger son at the same battalion and we look forward to all that comes with it. There will always be something missing as we take the trips back and forth to the school each year. Now we watch as our son begins the next phase of his adventure. Congratulations to all the cadets from every service that commissioned and graduated this year, your journey has just begun, and good luck to all those still working toward your goals.