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Inauguration memories

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Carolyn Chamberlain (front, above) attended the Inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20 with her grandson Chris. Behind Chamberlain (above) are members of the Middlesex County Democratic Party who held a “victory” gathering at the Cooks Corner Office Complex Monday night.  (Photo by Larry Chowning)
Several Middlesex County residents attended the Inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20. Following are some of their memories of that historic day.

Carolyn Chamberlain of Saluda: My grandson Christopher and I went to the Inauguration and I felt so happy and proud to say that we were able to witness the swearing in of the first African-American President. I never thought this would happen in my lifetime, but I felt in my spirit that one day it would come to pass. I feel President Obama is going to make a great change in this nation for every race and nationality. I thank God for the change.

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Robert Burrell of Amburg proudly displays his support of Obama.
Robert Burrell of Amburg: The thing that sticks in my mind the most about that whole day was the people. I got up at 3 a.m. and made my way to the subway, which was packed. As the Metro filled up, people still were smiling. There were no attitudes—just joy filled the air. Then when I got to the Capitol and could see the sun rising on it. It was breathtaking, and to hear the people chanting down the crowded streets, “Obama,” Obama,” was like watching one of those Roman movies.

The attitude of the security personnel was excellent. They used words like “please” and “thanks” in their verbiage while speaking to the crowd. They even laughed and joked with the crowd.

Someone had lost their purse on the ground and (remember, I’m in Washington, D.C.) no one went for the purse. That’s when I knew this day was all about change and “yes we can.”

This President is more than about race; he is about all cultures and ethnic backgrounds. Americans need a President who loves them, and I can say we have one now. Without hope, we have nothing. Obama brings hope to a lot of people for the future. I feel I will be a better person because of what he stands for.

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At the Commander-In-Chief Ball on Jan. 20 are, from left, Jeanette Aikens, Capt. Yasmeen Neal, Capt. Jennifer Brown, Major Christina McNeil, and Latoya Kimble, formerly of Stormont in Middlesex County. Kimble now works for Battelle in support of the National Guard Bureau.
Mary Ann Holmes of Saluda: The crowds were, of course, huge, but more importantly there seemed to be such excitement in the air on the part of the people. I met people from the Congo, London, Canada, St. Vincent and other states. My thoughts were transported to those persons who fought for freedom, equality and peace, and I prayed that God would pull aside the curtain that separates eternity from this world and allow them all to see the promise fulfilled.

Latoya Kimble, formerly of Stormont: Words cannot describe attending the event.  I will definitely have memories that I will cherish for life.

To view more inauguration photos, visit our photos page.

posted 01.29.2009

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