Kathy Denman: Inauguration Day tickets offer an 'opportunity of a lifetime'

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - After buying a “Make America Great Again” cap for her father, Kathy Denman, found herself in a very surprising situation.

“I got a FedEx envelope in the mail with tickets in the Inauguration in it,” a traffic reporter and radio personality with Total Traffic Network and iHeartMedia Inc. “I never expected to get tickets.”

Kathy Denman’s had the tickets to Donald Trump’s inauguration in hand for a few days, but the surprise is still sinking in.

“I got a lot of fundraising email from the Trump organization because I had purchased some of their stuff,” Denman said. “I got one email about a month or so ago and I emailed them back and I said, ‘I already gave you money, what I’d really like is tickets to the inauguration.’ I didn’t really think anything of it when I sent it. I did it a little snarky.”

Denman says this all happened thanks to her favorite Trump supporter, her dad.

Denman’s father, Kenneth, a World War II Navy veteran who flew over Okinawa, Japan, passed away just weeks after Trump won the election. He was 89 years old.

“I never expected it and that was what was bittersweet because I thought, oh my God, my dad would have loved this and he didn’t get a chance so I thought I absolutely have to go now,” Denman shared.

Now, travel arrangements are in place and three of Kathy’s family members will make the trip too. Each of them has a ticket for a spot near the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.

“He’ll be there in spirit and I know he’s going to be looking down very excited that we were able to go,” Denman said.

Her father always carried an Irish coin with a prayer on it, so Denman will be carrying it with her on Inauguration Day.

Politics aside, Denman says this once-in-a-lifetime event is one she will cherish forever and dedicate to her father.

“The way I see it, this isn’t about politics,” Denman said. “This is about American history and an opportunity to be part of it.”

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