Tired and awestruck: the troops defending US democracy

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Tired and awestruck: the troops defending US democracy

Thousands of citizen reservists in Washington guard city already reeling from Covid-19

Katrina Manson

The images of thousands of armed troops guarding the seat of US democracy ahead of this week’s presidential inauguration have shocked Washington and the world.

For the citizen-soldiers and airmen of the National Guard, who dropped their day jobs to answer for duty, the experience of being called on in the wake of the deadly attack on the US Capitol by pro-Trump mobs has been surreal. It has meant them dozing on the marbled floors of the Capitol during rest stops, with their weapons propped against the wall.

Specialist Christopher Kelly, a Virginia National Guard soldier, told the Financial Times he was awestruck by its beautiful interior and “a little bit” tired. ..

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