Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Historic Day

Today was a snow day. Even if it wasn't, I planned to watch the Inauguration of the 44th President of the United States. So I spent much of the day caught up watching all the coverage. Even through the TV, I could feel the energy, the excitement, and the pure emotion of the people who traveled to our capitol.

The sea of people was amazing. I was remembering times that I have been to Washington D.C. and particularly when I sang with my church youth choir on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

The stories told by people who participated in the civil rights movement were moving. It reminded me of when I was in junior high and we had a visitor come and tell of surviving the Holocaust. I listened to the stories that are hard to remember and the pride in the changes that have occurred and the hope that the past will not be repeated in the future, knowing that the stories must be told for change to occur.

I enjoyed listening to the history of past Presidents and past Inaugurations. I particularly enjoyed listening to Luci Johnson talk about being a teenager in the White House and of her father's contributions to the history made today.

There were cameras everywhere and I look forward to seeing many photos. It will be interesting to see which ones are famous 4 and 40 years from now. One of my favorite sites is BBC News In Pictures. Of course they did not disappoint for this historic day.


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