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Kasson Marine makes inaugural spotlight

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KASSON, Minn. (KTTC) -- Millions around the globe watched President Obama take the oath of office Monday afternoon.  But a special appearance was also made by a Kasson Marine.

While all eyes were on President Obama, a family from Kasson only had eyes for their son: Cpl. Adam Bernards.

Thousands were in attendance and millions watched from their homes. But before the president made his appearance at the podium another special appearance took place.

In Kasson, the Bernards family watched their son make national news on KTTC.

As the first family made their way to the celebration, you can see Cpl. Adam Bernards, standing at attention near the doorway of the White House. Adams father Jeff explained what we couldn't see.

"Adam and his fellow Marine came out and they stood by the door," said Jeff Bernards.  "And then when the president came out they both saluted prior to even knowing the president was there. In other words they knew he was coming out. And so I texted him and asked him, 'how did you know the president was going to be there?' And he says, 'well we have eyes in the back of our heads, dad."

Cpl. Bernards signed up for the Marines at age 17, and then left for boot camp after graduating from Kasson-Mantorville High School. 

"When he was at boot camp he was just going to be a soldier and someone from the White House Communications Center actually came to boot camp were looking for some people to volunteer to be at the White House Communications Center," Jeff said.

This wasn't the first time the spotlight has caught him.  His mother recalls the comments from family friends in the past. 

"I know it looks like Adam," she said. "But it doesn't look like Adam because he's standing so still.  Because he's always been a mover and a shaker."

While every soldier is supposed to be uniform, a parent never forgets their son.

"He's 6'3". He's taller. And he's fairly slender," Jeff said.  "And so of the four Marines that are currently at the post he's the tallest. The other three guys I can't tell apart."

So on this historic day in Washingon D.C., the story hits a little closer to home in small town Minnesota.  Cindy explained to the greatest strength Adam possesses is his honesty.

The 21-year-old corporal has worked at the White House for the last year.

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