Preparing for inauguration
Senior Le'Shaunda Hardy practices rifle drill Tuesday near Washington Hall with other cadets chosen to represent the U.S. Military Academy and West Point during Barack Obama's inauguration parade Tuesday in Washington. The cadets will be the first armed component of the parade, which will travel from the Capitol down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. The Corps of Cadets first marched in Ulysses S. Grant's inauguration parade and has marched in an inauguration parade for each president since William McKinley's inauguration in 1901. For Obama's inauguration parade, 94 cadets were chosen based on order of merit from cadet volunteers.

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