Rayville residents attend Obama inauguration

An estimated 2 million people lined the 1.9 miles of the National Mall to witness history being made as Barack Obama was sworn in as the nation’s 44th president.

In his inauguration speech, President Obama reached out to all for peace and friendship by extending the olive branch to all citizens and to all nations.

He told the people that it is time to get our country back on track and encourage every citizen in America to help with the crisis that we now face.

As million of Americans and the whole world watched this historic event unfold on television, some citizens of Rayville traveled to Washington D.C. to witness this celebrated event with their own eyes. Marie Lyons Hill, an 89-year-old retired teacher attended, this celebrated event.

“I have always had respect for our flag and country and as a teacher I taught my students to have that same respect,” she said. “Even though I was in a wheelchair, no one had to help me stand up for the singing of our National Anthem at the Inauguration, because I felt like I was the land of the free.”

A young couple, Mr and Mrs. Terrance Kelley, owners of Shades Barber Shop, also attended this historical event. They were excited to be in Washington to witness a part of this great occasion. They have shared their experience with their children, friends and their customers.

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