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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!

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

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

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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!

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

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

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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.

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There was also a performance from a military glee club.

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

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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!)

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

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

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

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

That was fun too.

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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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