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Church Group Returns From Historic Inauguration

Members of Lake Providence Baptist Church take a group photo after their trip to Washington, D.C. Members of Lake Providence Baptist Church take a group photo after their trip to Washington, D.C.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Several hundred people from Middle Tennessee traveled to Washington D.C. for the inauguration ceremony of President Barack Obama.

Members of Nashville's Lake Providence Baptist Church described the event as the trip of a lifetime.

"The occasion is a once in a lifetime event that we will never in this lifetime see again," said Norma Buchanan.

Buchanan and other church members made it into the National Mall near the Washington Monument. Several walked 30 blocks through the cold and wind.

"There were just so many people, but after you walked so many miles you got warm through body heat," Buchanan said. "We were just like sardines in a can, and they pushed you forward."

Troy McClain shot home video.

"Just seeing the crowd was the biggest thing," said McClain.

Despite the crowds, McClain could see fine thanks to the large monitors and loud speakers. 

"When he said, ‘So help me God,' I lost it," said Marian Short. "People were crying. People were cheering. They were clapping."

The historical significance evoked several emotions.

"When you see two to three million people together like that we all had one common goal to prove to the whole world we were a united people, not divided like people think we are," said Short.

McClain said he was there not only for himself, but for his 98-year-old grandfather.

"Born in 1910, just imagine things he's seen and now what my kids are seeing," McClain said. "That to me alone says enough for how I feel about what I saw."

They posed together for a group photo in the church parking before going home to share their experiences with their families.

"It's history. There's no way you could pass this occasion up. It was wonderful," said Buchanan.

The trip was such a success they're planning a reunion in four years.

The group said it was a happy occasion, despite some of the obstacles. There were reports of a few people getting frost bite and hypothermia during the inauguration.

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