Inauguration Parade Includes Military Spouses From Michigan

Jan 21, 2013

It's Inauguration Day in Washington.

President Obama's swearing in ceremony will be followed by a parade in the nation’s capitol.

Wayne State University Law School Dean Jocelyn Benson is President of the Military Spouses of Michigan.
Credit Courtesy Photo/Wayne State University

The Military Spouses of Michigan will march in the parade.

The group's president is Jocelyn Benson, dean of the law school at Wayne State University. Her husband is on duty in Afghanistan.

WKAR's Scott Pohl spoke with Benson about the year-old group’s mission, and the process of being part of the Inauguration festivities.

There will be 90 military spouses, service members and family members marching. Jocelyn Benson

The group started about a year ago, looking to build their community throughout the state. Since there isn't an active duty base in Michigan, spouses can't easily find each other. That can be a lonely, isolating experience.

They have about 200 members, and not all are spouses; same-sex partners of active military personnel are included. Social activities include Detroit Tigers games and regular brunches. They have access to free legal resources and employment opportunities.

The group applied along with about 3,000 organizations for the right to march in the inauguration parade, and word that they'd been accepted arrived in December. They had 10 days to compile a list of participants, and some members are taking their children. They'll wear matching scarves, and each will carry a flag designating their loved one's branch of the service.

Ford donated tickets to the Michigan Inauguration Ball.