need 3 tickets for r-day

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  1. mellowgator

    mellowgator Member

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    i have been planning for r-day. in the information i read that each cadet can get 2 tickets for parents to see the parade on r-day. our youngest daughter is coming with us and i would hate to make her sit in the room while we get to see her sister marching.

    does anyone know if it's possble to get another ticket. i would be willing to buy one if a cadet has an extra one. any ideas? :confused:
     
  2. djfrro

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    I don't recall there being any tickets required for anything on R day, nor a parade. The new cadets did march by in formation with their new uniforms and hair cuts and there were plenty of families lined up looking for a glimpse of their child. We had a party of about 10 family members with us to see him off. Now you may be thinking of A day when the new cadets are welcomed into the corp but again there were no tickets required, you just need to get to the stadium early to get a seat. of course my cadet is a firstie and getting ready to graduate so things could have changed since his plebe year.
     
  3. BigNick

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    No tickets are required. The Parade is open to the public. Come early to get a good seat.
     
  4. mellowgator

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    that's great news. thanks for the info. :thumb:
     
  5. another13mom

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    tickets

    You may be thinking of Plebe Parent Weekend (banquet) in the Spring, but I think even for that there are 3 tickets per cadet and more may be available from other plebes in your cadet's company who may not have family traveling to West Point. But there are no tickets necessary for R-Day or A-Day -- We brought grandmother for R-Day and grandfather/ aunts/uncle for A-Day parade and lunch as they all lived in easy driving distance and I could shoo them away after lunch so our cadet could rest. Congratulations and hang on for the ride :)
     
  6. hawk

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    In previous years parents were given a card with their cadet candidate's CBT company on it. Last year the company was also sent with the parking pass.

    keep that with you or memorize it. When you arrive early for the parade, there will be cards at the edge of the parade ground showing where the beast companies will line up. You can then get in the stands in front of there. If you can't find it, ask one of the cadets lined up to keep people off the plain. Be nice to those cadets, they are often cadets "voluntold" to help, and are often stuck on post due to remedial work or other reasons not in good standing (sometimes the stories are funny).

    Then learn about Guideons, the yellow (and black?) flags carried by each company near the front in many parades. That's how you know when to madly shoot photo's as they pass! :smile:

    It may still be hard to find waldo, but we were able to see ours march in, as well as found them in the photo's we took of the company.

    Bring binocs if you have them, they help as well. If you find your kid, and the people next to you did not, loan them so they can get a chance as well.

    Hold your breath when a new cadet stumbles, or passes out. And get a tear in your eye when their squaddies help them get back in line. (It seems to happen at least once each year). Smile when cadre knocks their hat off with a sabre, they are learning as well.

    Then when it's done, don't rush out. Trophy point is a great place to look out, take in the scenery and let the crowd disperse.

    By the way, you should also hit the cadet store and Thayer bookstore (if open) after seeing your cadet candidate off. If not on R-day, they will be during reorgy and A-day.

    Learn where Washington road is, as that's where you'll want to be for Marchback in a few weeks! If you can, you should attend. I did not "get it" until they came into sight. What a smelly, tired, but proud cadets! And then the old grads marching behind. There was one I figured had to be over 80. I did not complain about my bad knee after seeing that!
     

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