In the Pass in Review, the man wearing the white wig who flamboyantly took his three cornered rolled hat off to the president and vice president represented the French famed General Lafayette, [Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette] the man who Cornwallis surrendered to. Not to George Washington.
According to the story, since Cornwallis refused to respect Washington as his equal. Lafayette took his hat off with great flair and nod to Washington, asking him if he accepted Cornwallis surrender?
I see this man caught a lot of people attention and some are wondering what’s the meaning behind his gesture. No, it isn’t American. It’s French.
What is the Pass in Review?
The Pass in Review is where the President and Vice President, hosted by the Commander of the Joint Task Force-National, review the readiness of military troops.
Each branch of the military was represented at the event.
More than 5,000 men and women in uniform usually provide military ceremonial support to the inauguration but numbers were greatly scaled back this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The tradition of an inaugural parade dates back to when George Washington took the oath on April 30 1789.
Thomas Jefferson’s first inauguration in 1801 was the first to take place in the new capital city, Washington DC.
The Marine Band has played in every presidential inauguration since 1805.
“Lafayette We Are Here” was the Doughboys battle cry in defending France during World War I. It meant “returning the favor”. The same slogan was used when the Americans soldiers liberated France in World War II. They said “We are here in the name of LaFayette.”