The looks on their faces said a lot. These kids were tired. And as they came into the lobby of the hotel Monday night, with everybody clapping and cheering and shouting “Great job! We’re very proud! You should be proud!” The smiles were sheepish, maybe a little embarrassed. But above all, these kids were beat, the way you smile when you’ve finished a big day and you’ve done well.
They were tired Monday morning. So a ride of only a couple of miles shouldn’t have been too tough. That couple miles was down Pennsylvania Avenue though, and the President of the United States was watching.
The weather was terrific, although the temperature dropped the darker it got. And the parade began later than expected. But in the end, the Black Horse Troop and Equestriennes, made their 100th anniversary ride down Pennsylvania Avenue with fine form and dignity.
And the parents and alumni who were here made it to the parade route in time (despite some gates closing before everyone got in). And once the route opened up more after the dignitaries passed and the president was in the reviewing stand, they all followed along, cheering, clapping and taking pictures; so much so that one police officer commented that of everyone who was cheering for the floats and bands and other units, Culver had the most determined and boisterous.
And so the books are closed on another Inaugural ride. The hard work, the discipline, the leadership, it was all there. But the kids’ fortitude carried them through to the end. And how do they feel (besides tired, that is)? Let’s let the girls sum it up …