In August, the Girardeau family of Brookside hosted the soon to be Democratic nominee for president, Barack Obama, at in their home.
On Jan. 17, the president-elect will return the favor.
Obama has invited the five members of the Girardeau family to board his train in Philadelphia on whats being billed as a Whistle Stop Tour to Washington for the inauguration.
The Girardeaus are one of 15 families from 16 states who have received invitations. They are, the Obama Inaugural Committee says, everyday Americans from all walks of life who have made extraordinary contributions to the life of this country.
Jim Giradeau Girardeau said Tuesday his family is thrilled.
I dont know what to say, he said. Its so unexpected to be able to do something like this that were still fascinated by the opportunity and trying to figure out how its all going to be.
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