Last weekend I marched in President Obama’s Inaugural Parade; it truly was a once in a lifetime opportunity. We drove down on busses on Saturday night to the Naval Academy and it was not a very comfortable night of sleep. At the Naval Academy the next morning, we practiced for the parade and had liberty for most of the day in Annapolis, which is a great city with plenty of things to see.
The following morning we were bused to Washington, D.C. We had a long day of security clearances, waiting at checkpoints, and dealing with the cold weather. It was an interesting process as we were herded from checkpoint to checkpoint in D.C. Finally after waiting all day, we made it to the National Mall, where, you guessed it, waited a little longer. When we finally started marching on the route to the President, it was starting to get dark.
As soon as we turned onto the main road, and the Coast Guard Academy was announced on the speakers in the city, all the waiting and inconveniences became worth it. I realized that I was helping represent the entire Coast Guard Academy and Coast Guard for the President of the United States. It was one of the proudest moments I have ever had. As we marched past the President, our Regimental Commander called “eyes left”, in which we all snapped our heads toward the President and received a salute from him. As we marched away, I heard a familiar voice scream, “Go Sean Murphy! Wooo! Go Eagles!” My two good friends from home, Marcus and Arianna, both came to the Inauguration and were able to spot me in the mass of cadets. It was really funny.
All in all, it was an awesome experience that I was able to share with my friends and will be able to share for the rest of my life.
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