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Congressman Barrow awards Presidential Inauguration tickets

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

The Presidential Inauguration is only a couple of weeks away and many people in the CSRA will be attending. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) gave away tickets to the event at his Augusta office Wednesday morning.

State Senator Hardie Davis and Mayor Deke Copenhaver represented Congressman Barrow, who is traveling on his rural listening tour. On his behalf, they drew names of people who applied to attend the 57th Presidential Inauguration.

"These are folks who are excited about what's happening in our country, they are certainly excited about the opportunity to witness again, a historic inauguration of President Barack Obama," said Senator Davis.   

However, nearly 3,000 people applied and only 83 were chosen from all over the 12th District of Georgia.

"Not just here in Augusta but as far away as Metter, Guyton and Collins. Those individuals will get tickets as well and so that's a big deal for people to get an opportunity who might otherwise not have that opportunity," said Senator Davis.  

FOX54 spoke to Thomas Detwyler from Grovetown after he received the news about his ticket to the inauguration. 

"It's just a wonderful experience and it makes me feel good to just be a part of it," said Detwyler. 

This will be Detwyler's first trip to Washington D.C. and says it will be something he will never forget.

"A lot of people want to go and I am going to be one of the fortunate ones that will be able to go," said Detwyler. "I just think it will be something I will be able to tell my kids and my grandkids about; I was there for the second term Presidential Inauguration for President Obama." 

Congressman Barrow will also provide tickets to a group of local wounded soldiers. The 57th Presidential Inauguration is scheduled for Monday, January 21, 2013.  

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