World War 2 began and ended for the U.S. in Pearl Harbor. It began on December 7, 1941 with a terrifying sudden attack by the Japanese, and it ended 4 years later after some 70 million lives had been lost world-wide with the unconditional surrender of the Japanese aboard the U.S.S. Missouri… also in Pearl Harbor. Today the U.S.S. Missouri is a naval base in Pearl Harbor, and it was a great privilege to attend the army’s graduation ceremony for Michael and his four classmates, who’ve just earned their M.S. in Comprehensive Dentistry with the army. Grace and the other spouses were also honored, since behind every awesome man is an awesome woman. It was a grueling but extremely positive 2-years of learning all the various specialties within dentistry designed to equip Mike and his 4 classmates to be able to provide specialized dental care in various army venues. (This is Mike with Colonel Greenwood, who helped lead the program and mentor Michael.) Michael gave a special address as the student representative…a humorous, warm, and very touching tribute that encouraged us to be true to ourselves, our families, our country, and our God. After the solemnities, the graduates were adorned with leis by friends and family. (His girls could hardly wait! 🙂 ) Aaron & Pualani (their best friends from church) and their 5 daughters also came to the ceremony and adorned Michael with leis. (Note their 3-year-old, holding up a candy lei…which Mike’s girls loved…and loved sharing!) After taking lots of pictures and a grand tour of the ship (and museum on board), we went home with our prizes (Mike’s family) to continue celebrating! I guess you can imagine how happy and delighted we are!
“A wise son makes a glad father [and mother :)]” Proverbs 15:20.