by upike.edu & Walters Mazda Mitsubishi
January 31, 2013
The inauguration ceremony each for years is a special moment in our nation’s history. This year, Dr. Nancy Cade led six University of Pikeville students to Washington, D.C., for The Washington Center Seminar: Presidential Inauguration 2013. Walters Mazda Mitsubishi in Pikeville, KY would like to invite all of our friends from all over the region from Ashland, KY, Huntington, WV and Charleston, WV to come down to Eastern Ky and visit us and we'll show you the newest in technology advances on the New Mazda's. Also for your best deal on a new or used car, truck, suv or van Walters Mazda Mitsubishi is the place to make that happen!
The inauguration ceremony each for years is a special moment in our nation’s history. This year, Dr. Nancy Cade led six University of Pikeville students to Washington, D.C., for The Washington Center Seminar: Presidential Inauguration 2013. This seminar allowed the students to listen to a group of amazing speakers, tour various historical sites in the capital, and experience the city during inauguration time. Students were on their own to find tickets to the inauguration, but each student was able to call their senators and state representatives and attended the ceremony.
I was one of the lucky six students chosen to attend the trip. A trip to D.C. is not only eye opening, but also life changing. This was my second visit to Washington, D.C., and it was much different than the first. The atmosphere in D.C. is much different during inauguration time. Not only were there more people, everyone was happy and excited to be in the city. It was definitely a time where everyone was thankful to be an American, and it was amazing to experience.
Throughout the seminar, we listened to some of the most well respected political figures speak on various issues important to them. Brian Lamb, Dr. Cornell West, and Grover Norquest were just a few of the crowd’s favorite speakers. Students from all across the country attended the seminar, so discussions on issues like guns, taxes and women’s rights were very passionate and involved.
The Washington Center set up an amazing array of site visits for the students. On the first day, we toured the city and stopped at each of the monuments. My favorite stop was the World War II Memorial. It is surreal to walk around and see each state represented. I stopped for a picture by Kentucky, and it was a special moment for me. We were also lucky enough to visit the Embassy of India. It was so interesting to see the building and hear from a representative of their country.
The inauguration activities were my favorite part of the trip. On Saturday, we followed President Obama’s call and participated in the National Day of Service. Each person volunteered and promised to bring the volunteer project back to their community. After the presentation, Jocelyn McCown, a UPIKE student, started a flash mob and danced with one hundred other people in the middle of the national mall. It was amazing seeing so many people so excited to dance and celebrate the inauguration and volunteering.
Monday, Jan. 21, the day of President Obama’s second inauguration was one of the most memorable days of my entire life. We woke up at 2:30 a.m. and bundled up in layers of clothes. We headed to the metro station and waited over an hour for the first train to take us into town. Once we arrived, we rushed to the line to enter to the inauguration. We waited for over five hours for the ceremony to begin. Being in a crowd with so many people was different, and something I’m not used to. The ceremony was amazing, and everyone was excited to be in the lawn for the ceremony. After the president’s speech, we were able to hear Kelly Clarkson and Beyoncé sing songs that celebrated our freedom. Though the day lasted over 15 hours, it was a day I will never forget.
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