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Military Ball

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in New York City! No not the holidays: ball season! This year it’s my goal to attend different balls than the ones that I normally go to, so my season began in October with my first Military Ball.

It was held at The Pierre, and you already know that balls at The Pierre are fabulous!

2016 Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2016 Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2016 Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2016 Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of SSMAC

2016 Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2016 Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

After a far-too-brief cocktail hour (I was running late!), we headed into the ballroom for dinner.

2016 Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2016 Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

The food was actually really delicious, which is unexpected at these formal dinners.

2016 Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

It should come as no surprise that the Military Ball honors the men and women in our armed forces. Each year one of the branches is specifically recognized, and this year the Coast Guard held that distinction.

Our gift bags came with a really cool Coast Guard t-shirt, but since my brother is in the Navy I’m not sure if I’m allowed to wear it!

2016 Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

The NYPD was there to show their support (and show off their bagpipes)!

2016 Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

And The USO sang and danced, which was really fun to watch, especially since my aunt used to be one of the performers!

2016 Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

At one point in the night, the orchestra played each branch of the military’s song, and those serving were invited to stand while their anthem played.

2016 Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

There was also a performance from a military glee club.

2016 Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

And a speech by Florent Groberg, a (handsome!) Medal of Honor recipient.

2016 Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

There was also a very moving ceremony around the missing man table, set up in remembrance of the military men and woman unable to join us because they are missing in action, prisoners of war, or fatalities of war.

My brother was still deployed at the time of the ball, so I… umm… had something in my eye during that ceremony! (He has since come home safely, thank God!)

2016 Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Most of the evening was dedicated to various military honors and traditions.

2016 Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of SSMAC

2016 Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of SSMAC

2016 Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

But there was a little bit of time devoted to dancing as well!

2016 Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2016 Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2016 Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of SSMAC

2016 Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2016 Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of SSMAC

2016 Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2016 Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2016 Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of SSMAC

I’m glad that I was able to support our troops, although the ball was so much fun that it was hardly a sacrifice!

2016 Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2016 Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

And then before we knew it the ball was over, and it was time for the after party.

That was fun too.

2016 Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

To stay up to date on next year’s Military Ball, find out more ways to support our troops in New York City, click here.

Ball season has officially begun! Anchors aweigh!

~A

P.S. My dress is by Nightcap Clothing. You can find it here.

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