Chattanooga native serves as captain of Old Guard at President Bush's funeral
If you watched the funeral of President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral, you saw the soldiers who carried his casket inside.
The officer in charge of the honor guard for President Bush's funeral is from Chattanooga.
Captain Joey Royster of the 3rd U.S. Army Regiment, known as the Old Guard or escort to the president, graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2014.
He was a part of the ROTC program.
"It was an incredible experience and definitely an honor,” said Captain Royster.
Captain Royster says all the love and support from his hometown is great, but he wants friends and family to focus on one thing.
Captain Royster said, "It was an incredible honor and incredible experience, happy I got to do it, but I do want it to be all about the Bush family though. I don't really want it to be about me, but it was definitely an honor.”
President George H.W. Bush also served in the military as a Navy lieutenant and fought in World War II.
As his remains were taken to the center of the National Cathedral, Royster says there were not enough words to describe the atmosphere in the room.
Royster said, "I don't even know how to describe it, just I don't know."
Captain Royster says although it was emotional and a lot to take in he was prepared because of the training he received in Chattanooga.
Now that his duties are over, he says this will forever be a moment to remember.
"It's just the most honorable event I've been a part of in the military,” said Captain Royster.
Royster will return to his post in Washington D.C. and rejoin his wife Lauren.