Military maps out Obama inauguration security

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The D.C. National Guard has played a role in inaugural ceremonies since the days of President Lincoln. Gen. Schwartz said he has had a role in nine inaugurations and the men and women under his command — on average — have already participated in four.

Given his experience, the commander has some blunt advice for visitors to the city on Inauguration Day.

“It will be cold,” he said. “Prepare to walk some distances and be prepared to stand for a long time.”

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