What a great day.
We arrived at WP aprox. 9:15 this morning. We only live a short distance
away. We found a great picnic site. The weather was hot and VERY muggy.
The viewing stands were very crowded, we couldn't get a spot in front
of our cadets regiment. Lots of Grads and well wishers. The mood was festive.
Every time a cool breeze would waft by there was a collective sigh. Thankfully
a PA broadcast many interesting facts about WP and the history of certain
customs, including saluting and mustering up... At 10:00 the corps was
beginning to pour out of the sallyports and converge on to the Plain.
It really was a sight to behold. The crowd was hushed as new cadet companies
formed up facing away from the bleachers and the rest of the Corps of
Cadets was facing them from across the Plain. The New Cadets were given
the order to join their company and each company glided across the field
and seamlessly joined their new company. The new companies then passed
the reviewing stand (Supe, Commandant and more) and paraded their way
back into the barracks area. It really was awe inspiring. At exactly 11:00
it was over. We made our way back to our chosen picnic site, primped and
set out food. At noon we were too excited to sit any more and walked up
to the McArthur monument to begin the uncertain wait. We saw a few cadets
at a time trickle out. Everytime we saw a female from afar we just knew
it was our daughter, they really all do look alike.Then from
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