Gov. Ivey activates nearly 250 Alabama National Guard soldiers in support of Inauguration

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Preparations take place for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the building. Trump has never been one to acknowledge he’s lost. By his own words, he hates losing. The storming of the Capitol by his partisans this week was the culmination of months of denials that he was beaten in the election — and his lifetime aversion to acknowledging defeat. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Governor Kay Ivey has activated approximately 250 Alabama National Guard soldiers for next week’s inauguration in Washington, D.C.

The request was made by the Chief of The National Guard Bureau, General Daniel R. Hokanson.

The Alabama National Guard says the tasks of the soldiers will depend on the need of the D.C. National Guard and local authorities. The Alabama National Guard, duties may include, but are not limited to: staffing traffic control points; directing foot traffic; crowd management; and providing security.

“The National Guard has a long and proud history of inauguration support. The forefathers of today’s National Guard were present for the Inauguration of George Washington, and we have been part of every inauguration since,” said Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Chief of the National Guard Bureau. “We stand ready to support this national event with our inter-agency partners.”

The 59th Presidential Inauguration is set to take place on Wednesday, January 20.

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