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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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