Hometown Hero Spencer Stone To Attend State of the Union as Guest of First Lady

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SACRAMENTO –

President Obama will deliver his last State of the Union address Tuesday, and among the First Lady's special guests will be a familiar face.

Sacramento's hometown hero Spencer Stone received an invitation Monday to attend the historic event.

He said he was honored to be on the invite list, and he tells FOX40 he's looking forward to meeting the other guests of the First Lady. Of all the post heroic awards and honors, he says, this State of the Union ranks right at the top.

"It's an honor. This will be my second trip over there to be honored by the United States so, it's the craziest thing,” Stone said. “I can't wrap my head around it really."

Stone will be among 23 special guests invited to sit in the First Lady's private gallery during the State of the Union.

Stone gained international notoriety for thwarting a terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train in September of 2015. Since then, he's received quite a bit of recognition.

A parade in Sacramento — along with Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler — honored at multiple sporting events and even a visit with the president.

A State of the Union invite, though, took the hometown hero by surprise.

"I had like 30 minutes to think about what the White House was calling me for."

The White House says this State of the Union won't be a traditional address. Among the things the president hopes to focus on is some of the “remarkable things [the guests have] done to make change happen."

What more remarkable than putting one's life on the line to save hundreds of strangers —heroics preventing a would-be mass killing.

Despite this achievement, Stone says he's humbled by the magnitude of the occasion.

"I'm thrilled, I'm excited I can't wait. This is history,” Stone said.

History witnessed from a pretty good seat.

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