Going to the Inauguration was a truly unique experience. The entire weekend was really fun. We left Saturday night and stayed overnight at the Naval Academy. I was able to see my family too because I am from that area. We even got to watch the Ravens game!
On Monday, we started with a police escort to D.C. It was so cool! The day of the Inauguration involved a lot of waiting and security checks but it was all worth it. We marched after 5 o’clock and the route was about 1.6 miles long. To march down Pennsylvania Avenue and to be a part of history and welcome our President back for another four years was mind blowing. Passing in review, I was hit with an overwhelming pride for my service and to be an American. I will always remember the thrill I felt marching in an event holding such significance to the American people. I can see now that anywhere in the world, a change of power conducted peacefully and by the people is not to be taken for granted. I will remember that day for my entire life, and I know that last year, I would never have guessed that I would have marched for the President and the United States of America.
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