The day of the inauguration was a day of "hurry up and wait". We left our hotel for the Pentagon and went through about 2 hours of security. After much waiting, we finally left for the camp site to wait around to step off on to the parade route. We waited around for several hours before we finally lined up to step off on to the parade route. It was twilight by the time we stepped on to the parade route and slowly getting darker. Once we started marching in the parade, my adrenaline started to rush. This was it, the moment we had all been waiting for, we were finally going to see the President and march in an famous parade. Throughout the parade route fans and newscasters were cheering us on and saying wonderful comments about us. When we hit the White House, I knew we were getting closer to President Obama. After the White House was the presidential box where Obama, Biden, and other politicians were sitting. When we finally got up to the box I turned to look at President Obama and he gave us a salute and a wave.
This was the moment I had waited for this entire trip. I finally saw the President and knew this trip had been all worth it. We marched very well and made NSU very proud. This trip was beyond amazing! I loved every single minute of it and I'm happy to be back and ready to share my experience with the NSU campus and Aberdeen.