Area native part of Inaugural Parade

PARADE PARTICIPANT — Airman 1st Class Jack Stine, a native of Amsterdam, has been busy practicing for the Inaugural Parade set for Friday in Washington, D.C. The Air Force, and all branches of the U.S. military, are scheduled to take part in the parade that travels along Pennsylvania Avenue between the U.S. Capitol and the White House. - Contributed

AMSTERDAM — Friday will be a memorable day for most Americans, with the inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., but for Air Force Airman 1st Class Jack Stine, it will be a major life event, according to his mother.

Joyce Stine and her husband, Sherman, of Amsterdam won’t be traveling to Washington on Friday to try to get a glimpse of their son taking part in the Inaugural Parade, but she said they’ll be watching for him on TV.

“I’m definitely going to be looking closely for him on television, searching through all the people,” she said.

Joyce Stine said her son, a 2011 graduate of Edison High School, learned shortly after Trump was elected in November that the young military man had been chosen to represent the Air Force in the Inaugural Parade.

“I’m not sure exactly how (the Air Force) chose participants, but we were so excited to learn he was chosen,” she said. “They have been practicing recently for the event.”

Jack Stine is stationed at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland where the Air Force 11th Wing is located. The 24-year-old had basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, according to his mother. He has studied in the Air Force’s cardiopulmonary technical program at Fort Sam Houston in Texas and Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton.

“He works in the hospital (at Andrews),” Joyce Stine said, noting he soon will be working at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

“He’ll be there for a couple of months, learning and studying in his cardio pulmonary technical program.”

The Inaugural Parade is slated for Friday afternoon, after President-Elect Trump and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence have been sworn into office. The parade is to proceed 15 blocks on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, between the U.S. Capitol and the White House, according to officials. The event usually lasts about two hours, and many national television networks are scheduled to air the parade.

A tradition that goes back to the first inauguration of George Washington, Friday’s parade is slated to have more than 8,000 participants representing 40 organizations including high school and university marching bands, first responders and all branches of the military, according to Trump’s presidential inaugural committee.

“We just think it’s great,” Joyce Stine said. “A small town local young man is going to be part of history.”