It's one of the most important ceremonies performed by the federal government, and on Monday, students from throughout Central New York will be in Washington, D.C. to see it firsthand. Several groups are headed to President Obama's second Inauguration. Our Candace Hopkins caught up with some of the students, who are anxious to get the trip on the road.
CENTRAL NEW YORK -- For months, students from Whitesboro and Cicero-North Syracuse high schools have been planning out every minute of this weekend. They jumped at the chance to travel to the nation's capital and to witness the Presidential Inauguration in person.
"I'm really excited to be going, because I never thought in a million years I'd be able to see it happen," said Stephanie Grethel, a C-NS student headed to Washington, D.C.
The Inauguration is the main event, but both groups will spend Saturday and Sunday touring D.C.'s other attractions, like the museums and monuments.
"Putting the faces to the textbooks, and just seeing all the memorials and everything, I've been there once before and I've seen a lot of it, and a lot of it is emotional and breathtaking, so take that all in," said Jenna Hathaway, Whitesboro student headed to Washington.
Their teachers say the trip is an ideal way to inspire the kids to learn more about government and history.
"The things that they've seen in class, really since the time they were in eighth grade, seeing on the news, the people that they see on the news and read about in the papers, they'll actually be able to experience these things firsthand, so that's the exciting part for them," said Kevin Powers, a Whitesboro history teacher.
"I'm really looking forward to just seeing how our government works, seeing an important part of it, a president being inaugurated is pretty important, so being a part of it is pretty exciting," said Matthew Crough, a C-NS student headed to D.C.
Both groups are made up of mostly underclassmen. Whitesboro is sending 20 people, C-NS is sending about 140.