At Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, SFC Lawrence R. Henry took part in a retirement ceremony after 26 years of service, most of it served in a U.S. Army Band. Fifteen soldiers were honored at the ceremony attended by many friends and family.
Each soldier was presented with a framed plaque, and an American flag, as well as one more ribbon and the wives each received a framed Certificate of Recognition along with a long stemmed red rose.
Doug and I flew from El Paso, Texas to St. Louis, Missouri where we rented a car and drove to Dixon, Missouri where Larry and wife, Nona, make their home. It rained every day until the day we left, but it came and went in spurts so we had a lovely visit in their Victorian home which they are redoing. Members of the band came over afterwards for food and drink to celebrate the occasion.
Official pictures were taken during the ceremony, but Larry hasn't received these as yet, so I am going ahead with this report and will add the photo when it arrives.
|L to R: Carla, Nona and Larry in living room|
|Larry and his mother (Carla) before the ceremony|
|L to R: Mom (Carla), Larry and wife, Nona|
|You can tell Doug is the photographer, right?|
|Larry with his band in the background|
|And the band plays on|
|They presented slide shows of each retiree and this is a shot from Larry's|
|The Retirement Ceremony has started|
|Another retiree with his lovely family|
|Nona and Larry|
|It is quite nice that they appreciate the spouses|
|It's official. Larry is now a civilian|
|Preparing the food before the band arrives to celebrate|
|Carla and Nona hard at work|
|This tells the story of each assignment over his 26 years, presented by the U.S. Army|
|Larry showing off the foreign, antique military officers hats gifted to him by his brother Russ Cromwell|
|A couple of the guests from the band|
|Larry, explaining some of the antiques on the floor to ceiling bookcase in the living room|
|A shot of their fabulous Victorian manse, a labor of love to restore|
|Nona visiting with her mother, Nona Sr., who lives with them|
|One last shot of Mom with her baby boy!|
Thanks to Douglas A. Kerr, Photographer, for the fine photos.
This is all I have to say for now.