WASHINGTON D.C. (KWWL) -- As millions of people flock to the nation's capital for the inauguration on Tuesday, 1000 Iowa National Guard members are volunteering for the first time in the program's 170 year history. They're preparing for the population of Washington D.C. to grow to two times the size of Iowa.
"It's an honor to represent Iowa in an event like this," said Jason Babler of Dubuque. "It's a historic event for everybody."
This is the first time ever that Iowa soldiers have been deployed to help at a presidential inauguration. They'll be working to keep pedestrian and auto traffic moving smoothly throughout the city as well as backing up the city's police department.
No matter how big or small their rolls might be, simply being in Washington D.C. is making history.
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