WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Jan. 16, 2009) -- As the nation prepares to welcome a new president, the Army stands ready to assist civilian law enforcement and first responders inside the National Capital Region.
While military participation in the Jan. 20 inauguration is largely ceremonial -- a full 2/3 of military members involved in inauguration-related activities will be involved in the parade or other ceremonial events -- another 2,500 military members are on standby to provide support if things go wrong.
Source: US Army
I am glad that the military is trained and available for when things go wrong, and like them, I pray that all goes well and they are not needed.
I will have live coverage of the Inauguration all day today.