Hope, American Spirit Found at Nat'l Mall

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WASHINGTON - More than one million people jammed into the National Mall Tuesday to welcome the new president.

They couldn't see much, but ten jumbo screens broadcasted the inaugural ceremony.

Eighteen-thousand volunteers provided support for the inauguration and 8,000 members of America's police departments kept it secure.

The day's events were more than many inaugural goers ever imagined.

Weather Was Cold, But Spirits Were High

The elements were brutal.

"(There were) tons of tons of people and it was freezing," said Brooke Webber, a DC resident. "I can't cry, because it's too cold," she said laughing.

But the spirits of the million and more who journeyed to Washington to witness history were inextinguishable.

"It was amazing to see so many people show up for one purpose," DC resident Melinda Andersen told CBN News.

To some Barack Obama's inauguration was a symbol of unity for black and white Americans, like Rinson and Victoria McClendon of Ohio.

"God placed a man with origins of both, so that this would be just something that would unite and bring all people together," said McClendon.

But the Ohio residents cautioned Obama cannot do his work alone.

"This is our time to step up and do what the Lord has called us to do," Mrs. McClendon told CBN News.  "(We need) to pray, to fast and be steadfast in his word and the power of His might and stand behind our president."

When CBN News asked Lucas Loudd of North Carolina what was he going to tell his kids about today, he replied, "I'll tell them that I got to see history in the making."

"Such A Beautiful Thing"

The children who were there will not forget it.

"I think that he's going try to make things right in the world," said Roland Taylor.

For many Americans, Tuesday about reaping fruit from seeds sown by their family members here in America.

"I strongly feel my family laid that path for Obama, because my ancestors was all slaves," said Ramatu Soko from New York.

"I'm 43," said Georgia resident Patricia Mayfield. "I will turn 44 next month. Didn't think I'd ever see this."

"It's been more than what I expected," said Gwen Morisson, who is also from Georgia. "It really has and everybody has come together as one and it's such a beautiful thing."

"Let's keep it that way America," she said.

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