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WASHINGTON (WAVY) — 10 On Your Side Reporter Andy Fox and Photographer Jack Noonan are in our nation’s capitol covering Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration.
The security perimeter at the U.S. Capitol stretches four miles out. The troop buildup includes more than 25,000 National Guard soldiers and airmen, working alongside federal agents, state and local police. Security is especially tight, amid threats of unrest.
But on Wednesday, the presidency will change hands from President Donald Trump to President-elect Joe Biden, just two weeks after an insurrection at the Capitol building that left five people dead.
Biden is set to be sworn in at noon at the U.S. Capitol, after President Trump departed Washington around 8 a.m. WAVY captured video of Marine One carrying Trump away from the ground.
There are barriers up throughout Washington. Roads and bridges are blocked. There are also miles of 14-foot fencing everywhere capped with razor wire and military vehicles parked as reinforcements.
On Tuesday, 10 On Your Side spoke with some who were in Washington D.C. despite the increased security.
“Right now, we’ve got to come together. We have families that are hating each other. All of this is because of disagreement,” said Don Folden. “Stop hating each other because you disagree.”
10 On Your Side also found Maria Shelton, a Florida resident.
“I wanted to come and honor President Biden and Vice President (Kamala) Harris. I want to show that democracy still lives regardless,” she said.
The Santiago family was driving from Florida to New York and decided to stop in Washington. They wanted to see where the nation’s first female vice president would be sworn-in.
There are several local connections to the inauguration, including two Hampton University alumnae, Brig. Gen. Janeen L. Birckhead, the assistant adjutant general for the Maryland National Guard, and Casey Blowe, Ensign (0-1) of the United States Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard.
Birckhead will command the National Guard troops that are providing support at the inauguration.
Blowe will be involved in the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Fanfare on “Amazing Grace,” composed by ODU Eminent Scholar and professor emeritus of music Adolphus Hailstork, is also scheduled to be performed as the second piece of the inaugural prelude.
After Biden in inaugurated, he’s expected to sign an array of executive orders on his first day.
Watch Andy’s complete coverage of Inauguration Day from Washington, D.C. all day Wednesday on WAVY News 10 – both on-air and on WAVY.com.