A group of Mineral County high school students will be part of the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C.

The Frankfort High School Falcon Marching Band out of Short Gap has been selected to participate in the January 21st parade.

It will come after President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are officially sworn in for their second terms in office.

Band Director Roger Walker says everyone is excited.  “We will do everything we can to represent our school and our community and our state to the best of our ability,” Walker said on Wednesday’s MetroNews Talkline.

“We are definitely honored and humbled by this great honor.”

The Frankfort band joins a list of confirmed inaugural parade participants that includes the Georgia State University Marching Band, the University of Maryland Marching Band and the Virginia Military Institute Marching Unit among others.

The parade, which will step off at 2:30 p.m. on that Monday, will cover the 15 blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue between the U.S. Capitol and the White House.

Walker says the plan is to play “God Bless America.”

“We played that in our Mineral County Veterans Day Parade and it’s part of our traditional pre-game show at Frankfort High School so, unless we’re told otherwise that we cannot perform that, we want to do something patriotic that honors our nation,” he said.

The Armed Forces Inaugural Committee and the Presidential Inaugural Committee organize the parade.

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