I love pomp and circumstance, and here in the U.S. we don’t have a lot of it. Most of the ceremonies we witness are of a personal nature; baptisms, graduations, initiations, weddings. There are not a lot of National ceremonies that draw our land together in celebration, besides maybe a sporting event like the World Series or the Super Bowl. Maybe that’s why we get up in the middle of the night to view so many Royal weddings on television!
Inauguration Day is one of those rare occasions when politics get pushed aside (I hope) and we can just celebrate America and our President no matter who that may be. I have not always voted for the man (hopefully woman in 2016!), but I have always respected the office and stood behind that person and looked for them for leadership when times are tough. Although it’s not always an easy thing to do, I do try!
So today, plopped in front of the television, I soaked up as much pomp, and as much circumstance as I could while witnessing the Inauguration of our 44th President, Barack Obama. I might even have shed a tear or two while listening to the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir sing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic“.