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Across the parade ground troops cleaned in the early morning hours before the ceremony.
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From time-to-time NCOs crossed the parade ground for various, unknown reasons. To be fair, the Marines call it a "parade deck," Grandpa Roy uses Air Force terminology.
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The recruits did not have sabres as this NCO does.
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Recruits who still were undergoing training fomred up for a morning run.
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Across the parade ground the flag was raised.
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Initially, the flag was fully raised.
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The flag was later lowered to half mast. Though no one really knew why, everyone felt it was to honor the three dead soldiers who were murdered at Fort Hood, Texas, a few days earlier.
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When the ceremony began, the United States Marince Corps band was the first unit to appear.
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Graduates wait to march onto the parade ground.
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Key drill instructors form up on the parade ground for the ceremony.
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The Marine Corps official mascot is a bulldog. On the East Coast, he serves at Parris Island. Here he is rendered a salute in keeping with Corps' tradition.
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His name is "Legend."
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"Platoon, halt!"
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Platoon 1120 in formation.
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"Dress right, dress!"
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Chase is the second man in the 4th column from the left. He is barely seen
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The commanding officer congratulates the graduates.
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Passing in review for the last part of the ceremony.
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Platoon 1120 marches to their spot.
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Platoon 1120. Chase is visible in this photo.
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Chase is in the row on the left, wearing glasses.
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Two platoons of women Marines also graduated.
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Troops have been dismissed, good-byes are said to new comrades and friends and family are about to race onto the parade ground.
Chase with his father, Brian, and his sister Ailene Braese (who is married to a Marine stationed at Quantico, Virginia.
Grandma Bert and Chase after graduation.
Grandpa Roy and Chase after the ceremony.
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A copy of the famous Marine flag raising on Iwo Jima during World War II is at the far end of the parade ground.