Sgt. Marcelo Araya is pictured, left, his father Gilbert Araya Sr. said the opportunity means so much to his family.
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -
A wounded warrior traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in the presidential inauguration.
Sgt. Marcelo Araya, of Savannah, had the role of carrying one of the state flags during President Obama's swearing-in ceremony. His father said Araya was asked to participate because of his lengthy career, skills and loyalty to the army. Araya joined the military right out of high school at age 17, and his father said this opportunity means so much to the entire family.
"It's an honor. We are very, very happy for this not only for himself, for the family, the community, for all the friends who always support our soldiers. We are really happy I am a happy father, very proud," Gilbert Araya Sr. said.
Both Araya's brother and brother-in-law are in the military. Sfc. Girbert G. Araya Jr. calls his brother's experience the peak of any soldier's military career.