The mayor of Danville called it a "once in a lifetime opportunity" to be able to go to Washington D.C. and witness the State of the Union speech in person.
Scott Eisenhauer was invited to attend the event by Republican Congressman John Shimkus of Collinsville, whose district serves part of East Central Illinois.
Eisenhauer said besides seeing President Barack Obama's speech, he got a chance to see Congress in action earlier on Tuesday and meet lawmakers from around the United States at different events.
He said being in the same room with so many dignitaries during the State of the Union is unique experience.
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Eisenhauer added that he learned that there are issues being talked about at a federal level, like a minimum wage increase, that have a big impact on local governments and businesses as well.
Eisenhauer said by the far the most moving and emotional moment of the night was when Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg was recognized by President Obama, leading to a nearly two minute standing ovation. Eisenhauer said that followed an even longer standing ovation when Remsburg entered the room before the speech began. Remsburg is an Army Ranger who suffered severe injuries while on his tenth deployment.