I will continue where I left off in my last post, only this time with pictures! We didn’t end up leaving right at ten, but we left in plenty of time. We got to Cedar Rapids at least an hour early, and after stopping to ask for directions, found the Ice Arena where the ceremony was being held.
As we entered, I noticed that they had a huge screen set up, and a very familiar movie was just starting.
If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you’ll remember earlier this year I wrote how much I loved the movie Rango.
A bunch of little kids went out into the arena and sat right in front of the screen.
The entire movie played before the soldiers arrived. I’ve been wanting my parents to see it, but we’re still going to have to watch it at home sometime, because it was so noisy there, I doubt they were even able to hear enough to figure out the plot.
About halfway through the movie, Eva, her parents, one of her sisters, and two of her nieces joined us.
Eva and Paige had done their toenails in Jared’s Honor.
Paige also had her hair done with patriotic ribbons.
They were all wearing homemade t-shirts with welcome back messages for Jared, and they had brought flags to wave.
Apparently one of the Muppets was in Jared’s platoon!
Finally, after being almost an hour late, the soldiers started marching in.
Can you spot Jared?
It took me awhile but I found him.
This was the literally the second after they released the troops.
Normally these next couple of photos would be instantly deleted because of the people standing in the way, but they were too perfect in capturing Jared at the moment of reuniting with Eva, so they stay.
Since it’s getting so late, I am going to publish this now and continue with more pictures tomorrow. I have a lot more coming. :)