Union Students To D.C.

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Updated: 1/20/2009 5:18 pm Published: 1/20/2009 4:57 pm

Tulsa, OK-- Members of Union High School's Air Force Junior ROTC were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of the inaugural parade.

A few weeks ago, we talked to members about their trip to Washington D.C. to not only witness, but be a part of history as Barack Obama is sworn in as the country's first black president.

"I'm actually very excited because I voted for him," said Anna Rardin, a Union student. "The fact that he's the first African-American president is a big historical deal."

They left on buses Friday and in the days following they've visited historic sites like the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier and the Washington Monument.

But, the most important part of their trip, is the march in the inaugural parade.

"We've seen some of the streets that were lined and just watching that in anticipation of what's going on," said Lt. Colonel Ronald McCool. "I think everyone's going to have a lump in their throats when we turn onto Pennsylvania Avenue and become part of this parade."

The group's still trying to figure out what they'll do with an extra $13,000 they raised in donations to make the trip.

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