Marine Corps Ball

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Me getting ready for the Marine Corps Ball
Every year, Marines all around the world celebrate the birthday of their beloved Corps by hosting a ball.  MSG Det. Paris hosted theirs at the Intercontinental Hotel and it was attended by Americans, Brits and French alike.

I had seen advertisements for the Ball for months, and in late October I saw signs that said all the tickets were sold out.  I had thought about going, but didn't want to go without a date, so I didn't think I would be missing out much if I ended up not going after all.  After I started dating Alex, though, a lot of the Marines started hinting that I should go.  Unfortunately my roommate and I had planned on going to Edinburgh that weekend, so I told Alex I wouldn't be able to go and thought I had heard the end of it.


About a week before the Ball, I got a call from one of the Marines, who informed me that he had been working for weeks to secure me a ticket so I could go with Alex.  The next day I found out my roommate could no longer make it to Scotland for the weekend, and things sort of fell into place.

The night started off with a cocktail hour in the foyer of the hotel.  The event drew the entire MSG Detachment (of course), as well as almost any other American, British or French military and diplomatic entities that happened to be in Paris at the time.  During dinner, we were all surprised when Sgt. Lux, while at the front of the room being promoted, proposed to his girlfriend!  Overall, it was really a fantastic night for everyone.
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Me getting ready for the Marine Co…
Me getting ready for the Marine C…
Alex and me at the Ball
Alex and me at the Ball
Color Guard...
Color Guard...
Color Guard again
Color Guard again
MSG Det Paris with Ambassador Stap…
MSG Det Paris with Ambassador Sta…
The Honorable Craig Stapleton, Amb…
The Honorable Craig Stapleton, Am…
St. Cyr, Mullin, me and Williams
St. Cyr, Mullin, me and Williams
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