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Jan 21, 2013 7:53 AM by Robin O'Day - KPAX News

Ronan soldier marching in Inauguration Day parade

MISSOULA - A soldier from Ronan, who's stationed at Arlington National Cemetery recently got a prestigious call - - an invitation to be part of the inaugural parade in Washington, D.C. on Monday.

Sergeant Rick Luchau is a farrier for the Army's Caisson Platoon, which uses horses to conduct full honors funerals for fallen soldiers at the Arlington National Cemetery.

Luchau will carry the regimental colors on Monday while leading 14 other platoon soldiers and their horses down the streets of Washington.

Luchau says despite having a dress rehearsal under his belt, the big day still feels like a dream, and he is extremely excited to take part in the ceremonies.

"During our rehearsal on Sunday, it was full dress rehearsal in D.C...it was pretty cool to go down the streets of D.C., in front of the booth the President will be sitting in on Monday. It was just kind of surreal and kind of cool."

Luchau says he finishes his tour of service at the end of March and plans on returning back to Montana, where he hopes to attend The University of Montana Western, and focus on the Equine Studies Program.

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