Inauguration 2017: Through the Eyes of a Military Spouse

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Imagine an event that paints a clear picture of our Constitution. To me, that’s what Inauguration Day represents.

Regardless of whom you voted for, the executive, judicial and legislative all come together as a united nation under the oath of office.

 

Upon arriving and seeing the people swarm the streets of the District of Columbia for myself, the excitement finally set in…I was just about to witness history. The Inauguration of our next president and my husband’s next commander-in-chief.

 

Being a military spouse, this hit me hard - thoughts of the last 15 years of war were flooding my thoughts. It hit me emotionally more than the average spouse.

 

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Photo caption: Welcome signs were placed all over the National Mall.

 

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Photo Caption: Inauguration welcome concert at the Lincoln Memorial.

 

I have always been a lover of history. I look back in history and feel exactly what took place in the spot where I am standing. The welcome concert gave me this feeling. There were crowds standing as far back as Union Station and stretching alongside the Reflection Pool,ending at the Lincoln Memorial. There was a powerful sense of patriotism.

 

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Photo caption: People standing by the Reflection Pool anxiously awaiting President Trump’s arrival.

 

The people were warm, friendly and full of energy. Of course, you had moments where you would come across a protestor holding a sign, some peaceful, some not. This is just a reminder of how blessed we are as a nation. A nation where we can express our first amendment rights.

 

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Photo caption: National Guard service members guard the entrance of the Washington Memorial.

 

I don’t think I have ever felt so safe attending a large event like I did on Inauguration Day. Everywhere you turned there was a Guardsman or Law enforcement officers. Tiring and long days ahead of them, but all smiling and happy to be doing their part in keeping us safe.

 

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Photo credit: Angela and Bianca Strzalkowski, journalist for AmeriForce Media.

 

One of my most favorite things about being a military spouse is the people you meet. I met Bianca 5 years ago, and we’ve been inseparable since then. Although we are separated by almost 500 miles, we make the time to see each other a few times a year. Going to Inauguration Day with my best friend, and also military spouse was an exciting experience to share. Of course the weather complicated things, but we put our ponchos on and walked the two hours to the Capitol building. This experience was an adventure we will always remember.

 

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Photo credit: Angela at the Capitol, on Inauguration day.

 

This day will be forever engrained in my memory. One I will share with others, especially my children. We have freedoms that most don’t and we have brave men and women defending and fighting to preserve those rights.

 

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Photo credit: Crowds heading over to the parade.

 

A historical event that has gone on for 228 years, since the inauguration of our nation’s first president, George Washington. It is an overwhelming feeling to see Americans from all over participating and witnessing the peaceful transfer of power. An experience every American should have at least once in their lifetime.

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About the blogger: Angela Caban is an Army National Guard spouse, freelance writer, published author and branding expert. Her husband was one of the many soldiers impacted by the unprecedented activation of the National Guard in 2008. In 2010, she founded the Homefront United Network, a military spouse and family support blog created to assist spouses who do not live near an installation, but also focusing on bridging the gap between National Guard, Reserve and Active Duty spouses. She is also co-founder of SpouseTalks. As a branding and digital influencer, she has created content for A&E, Lifetime Network and PBS. She has an extensive background in Human Resources and Communications, with her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Human Resources. Angela resides in the beautiful Garden State of New Jersey with her husband and two children.

 

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