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2019 Military Ball

Greg and I left for our honeymoon right after our wedding weekend, but I have a lot of fall blog posts to catch up on so I’m going to wait to talk about our honeymoon until after the new year. If nothing else, it’ll be more fun reliving our Bora Bora trip while it’s snowing and awful outside!

We made it back to New York City just in time for the Military Ball, our first event as a married couple.

2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

© Annie Watt

If you remember from past Military Ball blog posts, Greg and I serve on the Junior Committee for the Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast Guard and Airmen’s Club (SSMAC). As always, our Committee arrived at The Pierre early to help decorate and ensure everything was in order for that evening’s event.

2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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Then it was time for the fun to begin! Cocktail hour kicked off in style in the hotel’s Cotillion Room.

2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

© Annie Watt

Then the sound of bagpipes called guests into the ballroom.

2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

© Annie Watt

Where we took our seats surrounded by red, white and blue lighting and bunting. This is a patriotic event, after all!

2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

© Annie Watt

2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

© Annie Watt

Typically, the Military Ball honors one branch of the service each year. However, this year was a special one. We celebrated 100 years of SSMAC’s charitable mission towards our military personnel, veterans, and families by toasting to all branches of the military.

2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

© Annie Watt

The evening has several traditions that I always look forward to seeing.

The first is the Color Guard presentation of our flag.

2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

© Annie Watt

2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

© Annie Watt

2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

© Annie Watt

2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

© Annie Watt

2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

© Annie Watt

I love when the NYPD Pipes and Drums make their entrance, the sound of bagpipes filling the room.

2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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The ceremony surrounding the missing man table is always a poignant one.

2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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And it’s always fun watching the USO Show Troupe perform.

2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

© Annie Watt

After a fabulous dinner (the salad course was pasta, rather than vegetables!) it was time to dance!

2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

© Annie Watt

2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

© Annie Watt

2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

© Annie Watt

2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

© Annie Watt

2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

© Annie Watt

2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

© Annie Watt

2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

© Annie Watt

2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

© Annie Watt

2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

© Annie Watt

2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

© Annie Watt

2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

© Annie Watt

2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

© Annie Watt

This was my favorite Military Ball to date! The energy in the room was incredible, the dance floor was wild, and it was all for a wonderful cause.

Plus it didn’t hurt that my HUSBAND was there with me!

2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

To find out more information about SSMAC, and support this organization that supports our troops, click here.

2019 SSMAC Military Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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Happy 100th birthday, SSMAC!

~A

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