Members of Massachusetts National Guard headed to Washington, D.C. to assist with security

MELROSE, Mass. — National Guard members from Massachusetts are leaving Saturday for Washington, D.C., ahead of Inauguration Day on Wednesday.

According to a press release, 80 National Guard members from the Melrose armory and more from other armories across the state are headed to the nation’s capital.

Gov. Charlie Baker approved the plan earlier this week.

“We will be sending Guard personnel to Washington, D.C., as part of the force they’re putting together as part of the inaugural activities,” Baker said. “I think it’s incredibly important to the country that this transition be as smooth and as uneventful as possible.”

The increased security is in response to the FBI bulletin that warned of armed protests in all 50 state capitals and Washington, D.C., starting this weekend and running through Inauguration Day.

The added security is also in the wake of the violent riots at the Capitol 10 days ago.

A security expert told Boston 25 News that the National Guard is being brought in from all 50 states. He expects some 20,000 members to be in Washington, D.C. this week.

Governor Baker activated an additional 500 National Guard members to support police in Massachusetts in the days leading up to Inauguration Day.

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