From a Boy to a Man in Blue

Near the end of June, we traveled to NYC to drop RJ off at his grandparents, but the main purpose of the trip was to attend my brother-in-law’s graduation from the New York City Police Academy.  When I met him, he was 12 years old. Now, 12 years later, he has found his way to realizing his dream of becoming a police officer.  I, also, love that he was able to go through this life changing experience with his best friend. As I told him, I’m happy he has someone so close who will understand the complexities of what he’s doing.

Though one of Hubby’s sisters is also a NYC officer and joined the force 12 years ago, I was not able to attend her graduation.  So, the ceremony was a new experience for me. I will say it was really nice. The ceremony was held in a theater within Madison Square Garden. It began with two of the most moving videos I’ve ever seen. I mean I was almost ready to sign up for the next academy class. Ok not really, but they were extremely well done. The NYPD band performed covers before the ceremony. The bagpipe band performed during the ceremony and Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner O’Neill spoke.  Also, because New York City is the melting pot, or salad bowl that it is, his class was extremely diverse, which was awesome! Shockingly, I did not cry, considering the fact that nearly ugly cried a few weeks earlier when my mother-in-law sent a picture of him in his uniform. I’m so happy we were able to share that day with him and our prayer is that he stays safe, does his part to keep the city safe and foster good relationships with the community he protects.

They were just pre-teens when I met the 3 of them!

Of course, there was a party!


Can you tell I’m a very proud big sister?!

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