Mainer has key role at Obama Inaguration

Updated 6 years ago

A young man from Maine will have a front row seat to part of the celebration.

19-year-old Ben Music of Kenduskeag is a member of the 3rd US infantry in Washington, DC.

It’s traditionally known as the Old Guard, and is the Army’s official ceremonial unit and escort to the President.

Music graduated from Central High School in Corinth.

He’ll be stationed in front of the White House this morning and will salute President Obama as he passes by in the parade after being sworn in.

Music’s mom, Mary, says her son is a pretty low-key guy but even he’s excited about his place in history.

&quot:I’m so proud of him. I’m proud of him anyway that he joined the military but i’m very proud of him. He’s only 19 and he’s able to be a part of a such a historical moment.&quot:

Music just joined the military a year ago.

As part of his duties with the old guard he’s on watch at Arlington National Cemetery and places flags on the headstones there to honor the country’s fallen.

Music also escorts home the bodies of soldiers who’ve died in the line of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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