Taylor Morris is featured as one of eight "Citizen Co-Chairs" at inauguration
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL) -
President Barack Obama will feature eight Americans as "Citizen Co-Chairs" as part of his inauguration on Monday.
One of the honorees is a Cedar Falls native who became a quadruple amputee after stepping on an improvised explosive device while serving in Afghanistan. Navy E.O.D. TechTaylor Morris lost portions of all four limbs after he was injured while serving in Afghanistan.
President Obama is featuring eight Americans as a new role to highlight his first-term accomplishments with examples of lives that have either been improved by his actions or inspired his presidency.
It was just last year when Mr. Obama met with Taylor and girlfriend Danielle Kelly at Walter Reed Hospital. The president then surprised him with a Purple Heart while on a White House tour over the summer.
The eight honorees will participate in a national day of service on Saturday to kick off the inaugural events.
After President Obama is sworn in on Monday, they will then ride in a parade float highlighting the theme of "Our People: Our Future."
Inaugural planners say other honorees include a woman with a brain tumor who was no longer denied health care, to a gay pilot-in-training kicked out of the air force before the president repealed the military's "don't ask, don't tell." policy.
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