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Party for Christopher Parnell Aboard The Summer Wind

On October, 14 2004, our family had the opportunity to welcome home from Iraq "our hero" Christopher Parnell with a pizza party on Chautauqua Lake aboard the cruise ship "Summer Wind". Chris, a member of the US Marine Corps, is now on leave after serving in some of the most challanging parts of the country including Fallujah. It was also an opportunity for most in the family to meet Chris' new wife Vanessa for the first time. She is a beautiful and vibrant young lady who is very impressed by the beauty of western New York in the fall.

Chris is upbeat despite the fact he may have to do a second tour of duty in Iraq. "We need to help other people out", Chris told me. Speaking about the media coverage of the war he said, "They don't show any of the good stuff ever. Look on USMC.mil and you'll see all the good stuff. They show us making swing sets for the kids. Alot of people want us there, it's just the idiots with the bombs that don't...".

Our family is very very proud of Chris and all the men and women serving in Iraq and around the world. They do the difficult work so we can all can be free. We wish Chris and Vanessa the very best and our thoughts and prayers will be with them.
Carey
Carey
Carol
Carol
Jane
Jane
Thar She Is!
Thar She Is!
The Captain
The Captain
Jim Sr.
Jim Sr.
Chris and Vanessa
Chris and Vanessa
Dawn
Dawn
Char, Chris, and Vanessa
Char, Chris, and Vanessa
Break Out the Gloves
Break Out the Gloves
Char
Char
Captain Ruth and Her First Mate
Captain Ruth and Her First Mate
Chris and Jennifer
Chris and Jennifer
June
June
Filming
Filming
Vanessa
Vanessa
Clowning for the Camera
Clowning for the Camera
Dick
Dick
Posing
Posing
On the Deck
On the Deck
Jim Jr.
Jim Jr.
Closeup
Closeup
The Cake
The Cake
Group Shot
Group Shot
Lighthouse
Lighthouse
Final Look
Final Look