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Va. Guard has key roles in Saturday's inauguration

Wednesday - 1/8/2014, 3:40am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia's National Guard will play a significant role in Saturday's inauguration of Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe.

All told, about 230 personnel from the Air and Army National Guard and the Virginia Defense Force will be working behind the scenes and in some high-profile roles as the state's 72nd governor is sworn into office.

They'll provide ceremonial music, fire a 19-gun salute with artillery howitzers and oversee elements of the inaugural parade. A formation of guard soldiers and airmen will lead the inaugural parade in Richmond.

Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long Jr. is adjutant general of Virginia. He says the governor is commander and chief of the Virginia National Guard and the guard's participation in the festivities is an honor.

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