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Nashville Residents Head to Presidential Inauguration

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by Emily Luxen

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -A group of Nashville residents will be joining the thousands of others in Washington, D.C. to watch President Obama's second inauguration. 

About 200 people boarded buses in Madison Friday night, and will arrive Saturday morning.  The buses will stop and pick up additional people in Cookeville and Knoxville along the way.  While in Washington, D.C., participants will take part in inauguration festivities and celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  For many, it was an opportunity they wouldn't miss.

"It is very exciting," said passenger Wesley Stovall. "We basically don't have to worry about anything, we just pay for the trip and sit back and enjoy the ride."

"I'm expecting to meet up with family members and have a great time," said passenger Wilma Pearson.

For some passengers, this was the first time to see an inauguration, while others will be returning after going in 2009.  Stovall said it is a great way to support the man he was proud to vote for.

"The difference he's made for college students has been an inspiration to all of us," said Stovall.  "It shows little boys and girls can grow up to be somebody."

The group will return home Tuesday morning after the inauguration.

Around 800,000 people are expected to attend inauguration events.  1.8 million people attended President Obama's first inauguration in 2009.

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