They were super excited to be in a photo with us.
I wasn’t sure the Ball was still going to happen one night after the horrible terrorist attacks in Paris.
But it did, and I’m glad that we could go on as planned, unafraid. We all stood together in silence, and prayed for the lives lost and families left behind. The Ball commemorates the birth of the USMC, and celebrates all that it and Marines stand for… which is in stark contrast to the evil that sadly permeated the streets of Paris. It felt fitting this weekend to honor and celebrate something so deeply committed to destroying that evil.
The US Ambassador and The President of Croatia (she is lovely!) both came to the Ball, so I think we were in the most armored place in the whole country. President Grabar-Kitarovic is Croatia’s first female president and arguably the most pro-western, free market capitalist in it’s history.
Happy 240th birthday, Marines! I’m so proud of my husband and of all of you!