Citadel cadets from metro Atlanta excited to march in inaugural parade

John Brunson, an Alpharetta High School graduate who's now a senior at The Citadel, is among the cadets headed to Washington. Photos provided by The Citadel

"I’m honored to be a part of it," said John Brunson, an Alpharetta High School graduate who's now senior at The Citadel and a member of the Summerall Guard. It'll be his first trip to Washington and he's also looking forward to some site-seeing on Saturday.

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Friday's forecast isn't the greatest - rain and highs in the 40s - but nothing like the 7-degree chill that forced event organizers to move Reagan's second swearing-in to the Capitol Rotunda.

We talked with three metro Atlanta cadets ahead of Friday's event, and they're excited to represent the hometowns as well as their school.

Jared Turnage

Citadel junior Jared Turnage, who graduated from Marietta's Wheeler High School, saluted his high school alma mater's Junior ROTC program, which he credits with preparing him for The Citadel.

"It’s really amazing to be able to represent our school on a national and international level," said Turnage, who plays bass drum in the regimental band.

Among the supporters cheering on the cadets will be one of their own: Nancy Mace, who was the first female graduate of The Citadel. She also was involved in the campaign, serving as President-elect Donald Trump's South Carolina Coalitions Director.

"I’ve loved every minute of the school," Brunson said. "Hopefully we can make her proud."

Matthew Bartolomei

"It’s a good chance for the rest of the nation to see what The Citadel is made of," he said.

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