Fort Jackson Group Prepares For Inauguation

5:25 PM, Jan 17, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The U.S. Army Reserve's 81st Regional Support Command color guard was selected to march in Presidential Inaugural parade on Monday.

Thursday afternoon, the group squeezed in one last practice before heading up to Washington, D.C. for the event.

Retired Colonel John Boyd is leading the group, he says the reasons why the inaugural committee chose them is simple.

"One was a four man color guard in World War I uniform like I am wearing right now and the second was we were notoriously cheap," said Boyd.

The group only consists of eight people, so the cost to get them to the parade is small, an honor for everyone going including Thomas Martin White Jr.

"I guess the cool factor is my family and friends get to seem on television and my soldiers get to see their first sergeant in a uniform," said White.

Everyone marching with the 81st on Monday are soldiers or veterans, but for Boyd there is still some worry as they prepare to march down Pennsylvania Avenue.

Joking aside, Boyd and his group understand how big this opportunity is to represent Fort Jackson and the State of South Carolina at this historic event.

"It's great feeling to represent the Army and we are very proud to do it and we are hoping everyone will be equally as supportive," said Boyd.

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