I hope that's true- We marched in Jimmy Carter's inaugural inJanuary 77 and whatever your your thoughts about "Jimma"- (and if you are under 40 you probably have none as you can't remember him!)- it was one heck of an exciting day and the picture is still on my wall. Cold and Icy and he had the reviewing stand set on an angle that made it hard to stay dressed but very cool experience.as far as i've heard, we will be marching in the parade in DC on the 20th.
As you get older you discover that those events that you can look back on and tell a good story about far overwhelm the hassle that you experience at the time for that same event. This will be one of those events- you will look back on it and talk about how cool it is that you were part of a very historic event.It'll make for one heck of a long day, I'm sure, but it'll be somethin' to look back on.
Here's to hopin' we don't mess this up.
p.s. if you can read what are on the company guidon flags on the tv, i'm in delta ("D") company, smallest (female) one so i'll be in the back! shout out here if you do see me (you might only be able to tell us because we'll come after charlie company. for some reason, it's always easier to read the charlie guidon than the delta one. ) but- advanced warning- i don't want to hear it if you see this rat making a mistake! haha.as far as i've heard, we will be marching in the parade in DC on the 20th.
my daughter had the privledge of marching last year - she said it was 8 miles and took hours!band trip to Mardi Gras (and a longer parade)
For anyone who cares but missed it, here's a good video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07dI-6OO6ho.
It was terribly cold as we were waiting in line (we were second to last in the parade order), but once we stepped off it was actually pretty comfortable. It's certainly something to look back on in the years to come... especially for the Class of '09, as it was our Brother Rats leadin' this shindig! But I'll be honest, standin' out there in the cold as we were waiting to step off, exhausted from very little sleep on the bus after having morning formation at 0400, all I was thinkin' about was the fact that we're one day closer to graduation. It'll be nice to be an Alum one day so I can forget about the cold and the exhaustion and only remember the good stuff!
By the way, I'm with the band. And I play cymbals. Again, in case anyone cares. Now it's on to practice for the band trip to Mardi Gras (and a longer parade) next month.
Jackie M. Briski '09
First Class PVT
Chief Cymbal Monkey