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Anirban Basu

Politics aside, blue state Maryland prepares for inauguration of Trump

Politics aside, blue state Maryland prepares for inauguration of Trump

On inauguration day next week, Air Force Airman Pearl Umberger will don her ceremonial uniform, medals, cap and white gloves and march with her honor guard unit escorting the motorcade of America's 45th president from the Capitol to the White House.

At 19, the Thurmont woman can't quite believe this is happening.

"It's really cool," Umberger said. She might want to smile during the parade on Friday, but knows she is supposed to restrain herself.

"Got to keep the bearing," she said.

Maryland didn't support President-elect Donald Trump in the election — he captured just 33.9 percent of the vote here — but the state's proximity to the...

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