WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWBT) - The Virginia National Guard announced on Saturday that it will remain in Washington until the Presidential Inauguration.
As of Jan. 9, VNG has approximately 1,000 personnel near the U.S. Capitol and expects to send about 1,000 additional soldiers and airmen.
Virginia’s National Guard will join troops from neighboring states, including Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Deleware and New York. The forces are expected to bring 6,200 total personnel by the end of the weekend.
A release from VNG stated the soldiers will assist in protecting property and providing a safe environment for citizens to exercise their right to peacefully assemble and protest.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam authorized the VNG support after the mayor of Washington, D.C., the Department of Defense and National Guard Bureau officials asked several states to identify units that could assist with law enforcement in D.C.
The first round of personnel arrived on Wednesday, and additional troops will arrive throughout the weekend. The Presidential Inauguration is slated for Jan. 20.
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