WASHINGTON, D.C. – President George H.W. Bush passed away Friday. Since, the nation has honored the 41st president, and a Talladega Co. native has been given the honor of a lifetime.

Michael Sanders grew up in South Talladega Co. and graduated from Childersburg. Eighteen months ago, the 20-year-old joined the US Navy.

After making his way through the Navy, Sanders was assigned to serve in the nation’s capitol.

In the wake of President Bush’s death, Sanders was given the task of standing guard over the former president’s casket.

Sanders made a splash back home in Talladega Co. when friends and family saw him on television as he stood watch.

Sanders was not available for comment as he is back guarding the president today, but his mother Kerri was able to speak to SylacaugaNews.com. “You always watch these events and see the guards there, but to have a personal connection it is exciting to everyone,” Sanders’ mother said. “I am just so proud of him, and for everyone in our family to get to see him do something like this makes us so proud.”

In the featured image, Sanders is the guard pictured to the far right.

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