A group of Iowa National Guard soldiers is heading to Washington, D.C. to help with President Barack Obama’s Inauguration.
120 soldiers from Mason City, Sioux City and Des Moines are taking the trip. Friday afternoon they all boarded a bus bound for our Nation’s Capital.
The soldiers will be helping with crowd control, assisting local law enforcement and the secret service on Monday. The soldiers say it’s an honor to take part in such an important event.
“It`s really interesting for us, we have a lot of people who haven`t been out to Washington D.C. before, myself included, it`s going to be a nice trip out to the Nation’s Capital and contribute to something that is pretty special,” says SFC James Shinn with the Iowa National Guard.
The group will train this weekend, and report for duty at 2:00 a.m. Monday.