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Rushsylvania resident to ride in inaugural parade

Benjamin Zoldak of Rushsylvania, will be riding in the presidential inaugural parade Jan. 21 as a member of the prestigious Culver Military Academy Black Horse Troop.



Benjamin, son of Mike and Julie Zoldak, is one of the 58-member boys mounted unit that will be riding with 24 members of the Culver Girls Academy Equestriennes.

The event marks the 100th anniversary of the Black Horse Troop's first ride down Pennsylvania Avenue. The unit served as official escort to Vice President Thomas Marshall during Woodrow Wilson's inaugural parades in 1913 and 1917.

This will be the 16th and 7th inaugural parade appearance, respectively, for Black Horse and Equestriennes riders.

Organized in 1897 by Commandant of Cadets Major Leigh Gignilliat, the Black Horse Troop made its first formal appearance in May of that year serving as an honor guard for then-Indiana Gov. James Mount at the Grand Army of the Republic encampment in Richmond.

C-SPAN will provide live, uninterrupted coverage of the parade.

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