Dropped my daughter, Elizabeth, off at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Due to my stupidity (I actually believed Elizabeth when she told me that the big induction ceremony, in from of Banckroft hall with an F-18 fly over and all, would take place at 4:00, I set up my return flight at 7:35). Turns out the ceremony takes place at 6:00, so I could not be there. Bummer!
BUT, the family of Elizabeth’s roommate, Brucie (AKA, Tracy Bruce) took over for me and met with her (and Brucie) at the after ceremony “final good-bye”).
There is the “formal” swearing-in (at the ceremony) and the legal, personal swearing it (done by the many naval officers who attend). There were some 25 Admirals, a lot of Captains and many more of lesser rank. The legal, personal swearing in (after which the actual "swearing-in papers are signed) takes place during the time with the parents.
The Bruces helped us out, in a way that was really good.
Brucie (the plebe, and my daughter’s roommate at NAPS) was sworn-in by her older sister, Amy, who was just commissioned with the last graduating class. Amy swore in her sister (left), and Elizabeth (right).
Thank G-d for friends.