By CBSBoston.com Staff

MELROSE (CBS) — Massachusetts National Guard members returned home Saturday after Gov. Charlie Baker sent 500 of them to Washington D.C. last week to provide security during President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

The 1-82nd Infantry Regiment returned around 5 p.m in Melrose.

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The return was as originally scheduled but it came one day after New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu ordered an immediate return of all New Hampshire National Guardsmen and women from Washington DC upon hearing they were asked to rest in a parking garage. Sununu said in a statement. “They did an outstanding job serving our nation’s capital in a time of strife and should be graciously praised, not subject to substandard conditions.”

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A spokesperson for Rep. Lori Trahan said the Congresswoman “vehemently opposes” the decision to relocate the Guard and confirmed that Massachusetts National Guard members were not ordered to relocate from their rest area in the House office building near the Capitol.

CBSBoston.com Staff