Ring figure was amazing. It was all we hoped it would be and more. The week started out well with some kind of moderate celebration every day prior to the first event. At the class dinner we were given our combat rings. The theme for the dinner was combat, which is appropriate. The gym was dressed up and hardly recognizable with camo nets, cannons and guns. The class was pretty obnoxious, but very excited so it was understandable. After we got our rings, we started a new tradition by ring-tapping a brass helmet that we’ll pass to our rats. The idea is that we “left our mark” on the institute by denting this helmet.
The ring presentation ceremony was very long because they read the names of every cadet and presented the rings individually. General Pea gave a speech and cracked some okay jokes, but we were too busy admiring our rings to really take note. The ball was interesting. Originally the plan was to have assigned seating, but then someone realized there’s no way everyone could fit into the right seats. When we arrived, they changed the plan and said it was a free for all. In the end that worked out better and helped the atmosphere seem more like a ball.
Just after my date and I passed through the ring, My good friend Paul proposed to his girlfriend. When he dropped to one knee, the entire room went silent and the girls squealed. It was pretty cool.
This is my class ring. 14kt gold, light blue topaz, 1/4 kt diamonds.
VMI Ring figure 2010