Inauguration participant


Army Private First Class Kenny Brunstad, formerly a Grays Harbor College student, was among the soldiers to fire a ceremonial cannon salute to the president at the Inauguration in Washington, D.C., Monday. Brunstad, the grandson of Harold and Jane Brunstad of Montesano, is a member of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as The Old Guard. He was one of eight selected from his platoon to perform the salute at President Barack Obama’s Inauguration. The Old Guard is the official escort to the President of the United States and often fires cannon salutes for visiting foreign dignitaries. Old Guard soldiers are in Arlington National Cemetery daily, rendering final honors to veterans. It is the oldest active Infantry Regiment in the U.S. Army, dating to 1794. It is the only unit of its kind in the Army. The platoon is equipped with ten M5, 75mm antitank cannons mounted on the M6 howitzer carriage. The Presidential Salute Battery fires 75mm blank ceremonial shells with 1.5 pounds of powder.