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Inaugural Parade: Representing the Coast Guard, Women in the Military and Our Diversity

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Chen Photo Last week, I had the opportunity to march in the Inaugural Parade. In order to attend, I had to fill out an application and a few days after my submission, I was informed that I was selected to participate. I was very excited and my family was proud of me. I wanted to be a part of history. I chose to go to represent the United States Coast Guard, women in the military, and show the diversity that we as an institution have.

 

Let me tell you, an inaugural parade is very hectic if you’re marching in it. On TV, you see people marching perfectly as if everything was running smoothly. However, in reality, it is a big waiting game of stop-and-go. When we were marching, we would stop from time to time to allow citizens to cross the street. Throughout the whole day, we spent about ¾ of it waiting in tents, on buses, and on the street, while a ¼ of it was actual marching. I may be underestimating the waiting part.

 

The best part of the trip was staying overnight at the Naval Academy. Cadets from all of the service academies were there. I had to chance to meet up with old friends and make new ones. I also got to learn about the various lifestyles that cadets from each academy had. It was amazing getting to know these people and potentially crossing paths again one day.

 

If I could do it again, I would!

 

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Presidential Inauguration: A Humbling Experience

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Krause Photo This past weekend I had the honor to represent the Coast Guard Academy in a historic weekend for the United States. It was truly incredible to be a part of the events that surround the presidential inauguration. One of the most inspiring moments was getting to present arms for the President and the Commandant of the Coast Guard. I can still perfectly envision the blinding bright lights, booming voice of the announcer, and overwhelming pressure for a perfect performance the corps experienced as we passed the official party.

 

However, the inauguration was not only memorable due to our 30 seconds of national fame, but also because of the amazing memories I created with my classmates. It was inspiring to see the past four years of our training come together as the 1/c truly led the cadet contingency. The professionalism and pride that my classmates exuded was mirrored by all of the underclass and ensured that this high-profile event ran flawlessly. Being able to play a part in representing not only the Academy, but also the Coast Guard to the nation was a humbling experience that I will remember for the rest of my life.

 

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The Inaugural Parade: An Exceptional Experience

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Kimura Photo I, along with 90 other cadets from the Academy, had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. and march in the presidential inauguration ceremony. After we pulled into the Naval Academy Thursday morning, we had the chance to go to the pre-inauguration concert accompanied by amazing fireworks behind Lincoln Memorial.

 

On Friday, we had to bring out our rifles and bayonets to march in the parade.

 

Participating in the inauguration events was an exceptional experience. One of the other cadets there said it was one of the best moments in his life because he was so close to Secret Service members, his dream job. For me, the best part of going down to D.C. was seeing Admiral Rendon and his wife glowing with pride and waving at us as we marched by the President’s box.

 

I was also lucky to be able to meet up with friends from prep school, who attend the other service academies. A friend from USAFA was staying at the Naval Academy to march, and he was hosted by our other prep school friend who attends the USNA. It was reunion no one expected.

 

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