CORTLAND, Ohio (WYTV) — On Judie Shortreed’s fridge hangs the invitation she received for President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration next Friday.
“Oh my God, I couldn’t believe it,” said Shortreed, a Cortland native. “I honestly couldn’t believe it.”
Both Shortreed and Mary Theis of Warren were chosen to receive special invites to Friday’s ceremony in Washington D.C. This will be the first time either of them will be at a Presidential Inauguration.
The two women will have close seating for the oath of office ceremony and will also be going to the Presidential Inaugural Ball.
They spent a lot of time campaigning for Trump throughout 2015 and say this will be a rewarding experience.
“History is going to be made and we’re gonna be part of it,” Theis said. “That’s what I like to do — I’ve been part of a lot of history and I just want to continue on.”
Trump was the first Republican presidential nominee to win Trumbull County since Richard Nixon in 1972.
“It’s just going to be such a memorial, historic, memorable time,” Shortreed said. “I just can’t imagine not going now.”
It’s not just a trip for pleasure for people in the Valley — it’s also a trip for education.
Students from Lordstown High School’s political history club will cap off their busy 2016 with a trip to the Presidential Inauguration.
“I’m excited to go,” said Blaze Miller, a Lordstown High sophomore. “We’re going to the inauguration, but we’re also going to tour Washington D.C., which I’ve never been there. It’s going to be super exciting — always wanted to go.”
The Inaugural Swearing-In Ceremony for Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence begins at noon on Friday. The ceremony will also feature a number of readings and prayers from different faiths.