‘Super cool’ experience awaits Sigonella students marching in inaugural parade
A group of 20 eighth-graders from Sigonella Middle/High School are about to get a living history lesson on the transfer of power from one president to the next.
When President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in and heads down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House with his motorcade on Jan. 20, the Sigonella students will be right there.
They won’t be among the crowds expected to line the inauguration parade route, however. They’ll be in a much smaller, select group, among some 8,000 participants who will march in the parade.
The Sigonella group was on the list of participants released last month by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. The students will be the sole Department of Defense Education Activity representatives in the parade, where they’ll walk with about 40 other groups, from high school and university marching bands to first responders and veterans groups.
The 20 going on the trip, all students in Shawn McCarthy’s social studies classes, comprise about half the eighth grade at the small U.S. military school in Sicily, Italy.
McCarthy hopes by participating in the parade, his students will “bring awareness to those 50,000 (military) kids serving overseas every day.”
“It’s an amazing time to be there, knowing that in the morning one president will leave the White House and in the afternoon, a different one will show up and run the country,” he said. “That transition is something we’ll be learning a lot about while we’re on the ground.”
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