Today's inauguration parade provided quite a moment of pride at a home in Madison, South Dakota. In the family room, several generations of one of family gathered....hoping to catch a glimpse of one of their own....as the history of the nation intersected with their own personal family history.
In all his years, close to 92 of them now, Paul Christiansen probably never thought he would have a day like today. "I'm just glad to be alive to see this kind of stuff."
And Paul's daughter Norma says.....she feels the same way. "Everything has come to this moment."
One moment in time for one person named Chad Martin....Norma's son and Paul's grandson. You see, Paul's dad was a musician....so was Paul....and Paul taught his kids to play instruments and to love music. But when Chad was a kid....well, you could say he wasn't feeling the love. "He didn't want to be in band...and all of a sudden...the end result is he's in the Army Field Band and living his dream."
The Army Field Band; one of the most recognized and prestigious in the world....and the kid from Madison who tried to get out of band class when we was young...Chad Martin....is a proud member......and even though separated by thousands of miles...when Chad marched with that band in the inaugural parade.....his family was right there. "It's kinda awesome really. To be able to sit here in the easy chair and watch your grandson march."
So by the TV they sat....celebrating 50 stars but hoping for a glimpse of their one....Mom got a little melancholy..."I wish I could be there."
And Grandpa Paul...remembering all those jam sessions in the family basement.....hoping for another one of those sessions soon. "When Chad comes home why he gets in it...we don't quite match up with him..."
Norma Martin keeps in close contact with her son. She says Chad was excited at the opportunity to perform and considered it quite an honor.