Women share inauguration day memories

Published 11:00 pm Friday, January 25, 2013

While many Americans huddled around television sets Monday morning to watch the 57th Presidential Inauguration, some Pike Countians were able to watch the event firsthand.

“The thrill of being there and being part of that history was awesome,” said Troy City Councilwoman Dejerilyn King Henderson.

Henderson was in Washington D.C. for the 56th inauguration, as well, and said she made her reservations for this trip the day after the last election.

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“I have just always been political and had political aspirations,” Henderson said. “So, to go and see the President of the United States being sworn in, to me, is just the icing on the cake.”

Henderson said her heart was warmed by the nearby reaction of an elderly man from Oklahoma as President Barack Obama stepped out for the event.

“The gentleman just started shouting for joy. He was crying,” Henderson shared. “For him, at his age, to be able to witness that just made my day.”

Henderson said Monday was a day of celebration for all people.

“In that moment, I just felt that we have come so far in this country to have someone of his caliber represent us again just speaks volumes for what this country can and will do,” Henderson said.

Tracilllia July grew up in Brundidge and said she and her husband, children, and in laws traveled to Washington D.C. to experience part of history, as well.

“It was very exciting. There were people from everywhere, ever nationality. There was great camaraderie,” July said.

July said her family’s experience was doubled because of kind strangers in front of them who allowed her children a better view.

“I didn’t know those people, but they were willing to take care of my kids so they could have that wonderful experience,” July shared. “And one woman took their hands and would not let them move after it was over until I was able to get up there and she was able to put my baby’s hand in my hand. She didn’t know me, but it was like community.”

July said the whole experience is a wonderful family memory.

“You could see this incredible mix of people in the crowd. The fact that it wasn’t about this group, or that group, it was about all people was incredible,” July said. “The crowd really portrayed what the President stands for.”