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Charlotte getting ready for Monday's Inauguration

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

For several nights this past September, President Barack Obama's road to the White House took top billing at Time Warner Cable Arena.

On Monday when he takes the oath of office, part of the security detail in our nation's capitol will involve officers from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department.

Chief Rodney Monroe is glad to lend a hand.

"Many of the people participated four years ago in the inauguration," he said.

During 2009, CMPD officers provided security at the D.C. Convention center where a number of balls were held.

That's the assignment for next week.

Susan Woods is among those chartering busses for Monday's event.

Proceeds will help a local mentoring organization, but Woods is seizing on another moment.

"People are tying it in the fact that he's being inaugurated on the King Holiday, which makes it more significant," she said.

Those who can't be here may be at the North Carolina music factory, where Label will be home to a inauguration day viewing party that will benefit the Urban League of Central Carolinas.

Purpose according to Patrick Graham is more important than an actual party.

"This is us really communicating to our community that we want to see progress in our government. The government, we support with our tax dollars," Graham said.

Busses taking officers and local groups to Washington start leaving Saturday morning.

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