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Two Petersburg natives meet the president


People from all over the country were in D.C. to watch the inauguration, but it's rare they would actually get a chance to meet the president.

Many people from Central Virginia made the trip to D.C. this weekend, but two people from Petersburg stood out - they've met the president in person. One was a military social aide, and part of his job was giving tours of the White House.

For most people, witnessing the president's inauguration from the National Mall is the closest they may ever get to the president. For Major Myles Caggins, he's had the opportunity to be around President Obama daily.

"At that time, I was working at the White House as a military social aide, and I actually worked in the inauguration at Statuary Hall," said Caggins.

The Petersburg native stood on the Capitol stage four years ago.

Caggins says the president does a good job educating Americans about the sacrifices members of the military make everyday.

"One of the things that impressed me with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama is there commitment in supporting soldiers and military families, and the initiative that they have joining forces is really awesome," said Caggins.

After completing his time as a military aide, Caggins came back for the inauguration to show his support for the president.

"It's always an honor to see that, in our country, we have a peaceful transition of power between our elected leaders."

Caggins isn't the only person from Petersburg who's shaken the president's hand. Ida Edwards is a co-chair on the inaugural committee.

Organizers say she was picked because she reflects the core values of the American people and believes in the goals of the administration.

"Did not expect it at all," said Edwards. "I only wanted a ticket to come to the inauguration."

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