GLASGOW — President-elect Donald Trump will take the oath of office Friday as the country's 45th president, and attending his inauguration will be a few southcentral Kentuckians.
Among them will be Joel and Sheila Davis of Glasgow.
“We've already got our tickets and our room,” Sheila Davis said.
This will be the first time she and her husband have attended a presidential inauguration.
“I'm excited,” she said.
Davis said it was really her husband's idea to attend the inauguration, but she agreed it would be something they could both enjoy.
“I thought it would be a new experience for us,” she said.
Davis says she and her husband have had some interesting conversations throughout the presidential election. She is a Democrat, but her husband is a Republican.
The large crowd that will turn out for the event is one thing she is dreading.
“I'm hoping we've got good seats so hopefully, we can see the president,” she said.
Davis admitted she is a bit nervous about attending the event, fearing the possibility of a terrorist attack.
Local state troopers to work parade
There will be lots of security during the event, some of which will be provided by two local state troopers.
Trooper B.J. Eaton and Trooper Wesley Medley with the Kentucky State Police in Bowling Green will also be attending the inauguration, but unlike Davis, they won't be there as spectators. Eaton and Medley will be there working.
“Each post is sending a couple of troopers,” Eaton said. “We will join other officers from all over the nation.”
Eaton and Medley will be among some 3,000 police officers providing security along the parade route on Pennsylvania Avenue.
The inauguration ceremony will take place on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Afterwards, the inaugural parade will travel down Pennsylvania Avenue from the U.S. Capitol to the White House.
“Our responsibility, when we get there, we will be lined down the parade route. The police will be lined up there basically to be a border between those who are there to watch the parade and the parade itself,” Eaton said. “Mainly just making sure people don't try to get out into the parade route. We are basically just security.”
This is Eaton's first time to be a part of the presidential inauguration.
“I'm excited,” he said, adding he is honored to be able to go.
Eaton and Medley will be sworn in as Washington D.C. Metro Officers while they are there. They will attend briefings on what they should expect before going to work.
Area students to attend festivities
Richard Fitzpatrick, an academic advisor and part-time instructor at Western Kentucky University's Glasgow Campus, will be attending the inauguration along with seven students from the campus.
The students are attending the inauguration as part of WKU's Study Abroad and Study Away Program, and their trip is being sponsored Dr. Saundra Ardrey, an associate professor and department head of the political science department at WKU's main campus in Bowling Green.
“We fly out of Nashville on Jan. 18 and we return on Jan. 21,” said Fitzpatrick.
In addition to attending the inauguration, the students are scheduled to meet with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Bowling Green, on Thursday.
This is also the first time for Fitzpatrick to attend a presidential inauguration.
“It's going to be really nice. It's not every day you get to go to an inauguration, whether it be of the governor or of the president,” he said. “I'm looking forward to it.”
He is also looking forward to the inaugural parade.
“I love parades,” he said. “This is going to be neat. Again, we are seeing history with Mr. Trump because basically, no one anticipated his election. Obviously, he showed the United States that people are ready for a change.”