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May 27, 2016

May 26 – Annapolis, MD

City Mooring Field

“One must travel, to learn.” —Mark Twain

Annapolis has been home to the United States Naval Academy since 1845. It was established under Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft and is the second oldest of the United States' five service academies, and educates officers for commissioning primarily into the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps. Today we went to the academy to watch the color parade held at Worden Field. The Color Parade is the oldest parade at the U.S. Naval Academy, a tradition that began in 1867.

The Brigade of Midshipmen marches from Bancroft Hall to the parade field accompanied by the academy band and the drum & bugle corps. At the field, midshipmen perform the manual of arms, renders honors to the senior officer or civilian dignitary present, and passes in review before the official party and guests. It is the Midshipmen’s last full dress parade while at the academy. It was very impressive to watch.

Officer housing - The academy grounds are beautiful
The Main Chapel at the Naval Academy  
Color Parade at the Naval Academy 
It was a picture perfect day in Annapolis
Dinner with our friends Burt and Prue. We'll see them again in New England or Maine later in the summer.
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