NORWICH – According to local high school graduate Chris Marchant, standing on the steps of the White House and meeting President Barack Obama, and former President George H.W. Bush, was the last thing he had in mind when he joined the United States Coast Guard (USCG) in June of 2009.
Marchant, who attended basic training at the Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, New Jersey, was barely two months into his military career when he received what he now considers the opportunity of a lifetime: A request to join the USCG’s Ceremonial Honor Guard.
“It took me by complete shock, I had no idea,” said Marchant, the first Honor Guard recruit in over six months at that time. “It’s been an amazing experience and it’s a tremendous honor. This has changed my life.”