As a cadet in the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Adam Horstick marched in the parade, which helped usher in a second term for President Obama. It was such a moving experience, the first class cadet said, that it was difficult to put into words.
“It was great. There’s no real way for me to describe it. It was just really cool to be able to march,” Horstick, 22, said in between classes Tuesday at the academy in New London, Conn.
Horstick, a 2009 graduate of Central Heights High School, was selected as one of 90 cadets to march. Three students from each class and company were chosen for the honor. Horstick was one of the seniors to represent Alpha Company.
The 1 1/2-mile parade route down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. took Horstick and his fellow cadets within 15 yards of the commander-in-chief, First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, Horstick said.
“They were up in a box to salute us as we passed by,” he said.
It was almost surreal to see his son marching in the parade, Tom Horstick, Central Heights High School principal, said.
“It was awesome,” he said. “I sat in front of the TV here and we were just pretty proud and he was actually pretty pumped about getting to do it.” Tom Horstick said he was able to get a video of the event to watch repeatedly. He added he was proud to see his son marching across his screen.
It was about a 10-hour bus ride from New London to the nation’s capital, Adam Horstick said, with a stop Sunday morning in Annapolis, Md., at the U.S. Naval Academy for marching practice. From there, the group left about 8 a.m. Monday for the Capitol and after going through extensive security, lined up at about 1 p.m. Being towards the back of the parade, Horstick said they didn’t actually start marching until about 4 p.m.
Despite the long commute and early morning back in the classroom Tuesday, Horstick said it was an experience he will never forget. If a similar opportunity arose later, he said, he would jump at it.
Horstick is expected to graduate from the academy May 22.