Proud Moments in the Southern Hemisphere

It's all happening in the Southern Hemisphere.
This is a shout out to my son, Patrick, 
who is due to graduate from the Royal Military College Duntroon (RMC)
in Australia in a few weeks time. For those not familiar with RMC,
it is Australia's equivalent of Sandhurst in Britain and West Point in the US,
training army officer cadets who graduate as Lieutenants.

I am sending congratulations to him for being selected for his first choice
assignment into the Royal Australian Armoured Corps, 2nd Cavalry Regiment (2CAV).
He will be based in the Northern Territory (Darwin) for a few years ( I hope).
I am secretly delighted about this as I have yet to see that part
of Australia and am keen to explore. :)


Patrick was in formation yesterday, as The Queen 
reviewed Duntroon's army officer cadets.
(Patrick is behind her right shoulder in the photo below.)

Photo and Video ABC News

The Queen presented new royal colours to RMC to celebrate its 100th anniversary year.
It was the fourth time she has presented RMC with a new colour.
'Colours' refer to a flag, made of silk, which is prominent in a military unit.

Patrick marching on left.

I think of where he is now and his dreams as a young boy.
When he mentioned Cavalry, I thought of soldiers on horseback and 
his first experience riding a horse. He was quick to remind me that
he would not be riding horses but it was still fun to remember...

When he mentioned armoured reconnaissance, 
I thought of his army drawings at the age of five.

He was always a boy on a mission 
and one who liked to give orders...even from his batmobile.

As you can see, some things never change. 
Patrick sent me the following photos 
for this post...the latest for Mom's photo album. :)

Mom and Dad are very proud
and look forward to sharing in the next chapter
of his journey. May he stay safe and our of harms way.

I mentioned that it was all happening in the Southern Hemisphere...

I would like to send another shout out to my Kiwi friends
in congratulations for  the New Zealand All Blacks 
winning the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
I was thrilled to watch them finally capture the Webb Ellis Cup.

PHOTO: Getty Images

Best wishes to one and all for a wonderful week ahead, 
whatever hemisphere you happen to live in.

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