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The applause of tens of thousands of spectators filled the air, as Virgin Islanders, some of who live in ST CROIX RENTALS led the nation’s Independence Day parade down Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C.

The 73rd Army Band from the U.S. Virgin Islands joined the 257th Army Band from the D.C. National Guard, to lead the procession for the 236th anniversary of the United States’ Fourth of July celebration.

Setting the pace for the parade in the 97 degree heat was Sgt. 1st Class Monet Davis, drum major for the combined band.

“To have most of my unit in the parade and in the band, and for me to be the drum major, and Chief Warrant Officer Juan Harrigan to be the commander of that band ” Davis said. “It was a once in a lifetime event.”

Davis also shared the unique experience with special friends. “I made sure that retired Master Sgt. Wilbur Hendricks was able to march because he was my first sergeant when he was active,” Davis said.

The band’s day did not end with the conclusion of the parade. They packed up and shuttled off to Reston, Va., where they wowed the crowd with performances from a combined concert band with the 257th Army Band.