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

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2018) Permanent link   All Posts
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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