North Carolina-based paratroopers from the famed 82nd Airborne Division are preparing to march in the inaugural parade for President-elect Barack Obama.
The division said Tuesday the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment was selected to march in next week's parade.
More than 80 members of the battalion will rehearse the event Thursday afternoon at Fort Bragg.
Battalion commander Lt. Col. Xavier Brunson said the soldiers will participate in a change of command ceremony, as well as a peaceful exchange of power that is "the hallmark of democracy."
The infantry regiment, also known as the 1st Brigade Combat Team, was activated in 1942 at Fort Benning, Ga. Later that year, the 82nd Airborne Division was created.