I spent much of last week sleeping on an uncomfortable bus, standing around and waiting, practicing marching, getting cleared by security, waiting for the Inauguration Parade to start, and a lot more waiting. It’s safe to say that the theme of my weekend was waiting. In fact, much of my weekend was boring and uninteresting. However, in the single moment of marching past President Barack Obama, when the Regimental Commander called, “Eyes left!” and we saluted the President and saw him salute back, all of my gripes, complaints, and frustrations seemed to vanish. That single moment during our long march in the parade made the entire weekend worthwhile.
I know I speak for all 89 of my shipmates that marched in the parade when I say that regardless of political beliefs, having the opportunity to march in the Inauguration Parade to show support for our new Commander-in-Chief was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Even though it was dark by the time we started the parade, and most of the crowd had retreated to find warmer quarters, none of that mattered. Marching in that historic parade, and being a part of that once in a lifetime experience is something that will live with me for the rest of my life, and is something that I am honored to have been a part of.
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