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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Happy Birthday Marine Corps!!

at the dance floor

Last night the Marine Security Guard Detachment in Yaounde celebrated the 234th Marine Corps birthday!! The Marine Ball was held at the Hilton. Guests started arriving at 1800H. Everybody dressed up so elegantly in their gown and men are in their tuxedo…my Jeff dressed in his Navy Choker whites . The Marines in their Dress Blue and I just cant stop admiring them in their distinctive uniform. The guests got to shake hands with the US Ambassador and the Marines at the receiving area and the ladies got a rose. There are dignitaries and guests from different embassies around town and as well as the FSN from the USE. There were also a group of Navy Seals there who came up from Limbe...they are on a deployment in Cameroon. At 1900H the ceremony started and was done beautifully. The Marines presented the colors, and the ambassadors speech is inspiring and the message from the Commandant of the Marine Corps General Conway was shown on a big screen. The cutting of the cake is a tradition at the Marine Ball, they use a Mameluke sword to cut the cake as it has special meaning to the Marine Corps. It was a three course menu dinner and me and Jeff chose the buffalo steak and it was just ok. A moment after everybody's done with the dinner the dance floor is open and of course the famous YMCA song that gets their feet moving...the Ambassador joined the dance floor too and she dance gracefully and very jolly. We danced the night away until my feet hurts but everybody seems to have a good time especialy me and Jeff. The last time I attended the Navy Ball is in 2004 in Bahrain with my Navy guy and its quite an experience for me. Seems like every year we got the chance to attend the Marine Ball and Im looking forward to it already... Ho-yahh!!


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