Several Killeen-Fort Hood area residents will be at the U.S. Capitol Friday to witness the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Some residents arrived in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to attend events leading up to the inauguration, such as breakfast with the American Veterans Association on Thursday, which was host of 26 living Medal of Honor recipients as guests, said Dacen DeLaPaz, a Harker Heights dentist.

“(We) had a meet-and-greet with Congressman John Carter (R-Round Rock) and staff, hosted by Dell, where we received our inauguration tickets and Texas (State Society) Black Tie and Boots tickets,” said DeLaPaz, referring to the celebratory state ball Thursday evening hosted by U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin.

“(Bell) County Commissioner John Fisher and his wife, Sheba, were in attendance, along with Bobby Hoxworth and his wife, Pat,” DeLaPaz said.

Robert “Bobby” Hoxworth is the president of First National Bank Texas in Killeen.

Gatesville resident Jack Barcroft, the chairman of the Republican Party of Coryell County, said he was extremely excited to be a part of the inaugural events.

“I’m looking forward to the Texas State Society Black Tie and Boots ball, because Congressman Williams is the chair and host of the ball,” Barcroft said. “And I’m looking forward to the swearing-in, for sure. I’ve never been more optimistic to see what kind of good legislation will come out of this administration.”

Williams said the Texas ball is a highlight of the inaugural ceremonies.

“Black Tie and Boots has been in the works for a while now, and I want to thank everyone that has made the Texas inaugural ball one of the most highly attended and anticipated events in our nation’s capital,” Williams said. “The Texas State Society is a way for us Texans to celebrate our love for our state while we are away from home, and I could not be more honored to lead it.”

Carter said the country will once again have the opportunity to witness history through the peaceful transition of power held in such high regard by our nation.

“I am thrilled to be joined by so many Central Texans this week as we proudly stand and support Donald Trump as he takes the oath of affice,” Carter said. “I look forward to working with the Trump administration as we build our economy, grow our military, increase border security and reform health care. The inauguration is very exciting, and I know our future with a President Trump will be as well.”

Both Barcroft and DeLaPaz will be a part of the contingency from Texas attending the swearing-in ceremony, representing Republicans from Bell and Coryell counties.

Fort Hood’s own 1st Cavalry Division Horse Detachment will represent the area in the inaugural parade leading up to the swearing-in ceremony.

Democratic groups from Bell and Coryell counties are not sending any representatives to the event, according to party representatives. | 254-501-7554

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