WASHINGTON (AP) -- She describes herself as "mostly Republican" -- but Vicki Lyons of Colorado says being in Washington for today's inauguration is "like standing in the middle of history."
Although she didn't vote for President Barack Obama, Lyons says, "No matter who the president is, everybody needs to do this at least once."
A North Carolina woman has brought her young daughter to the inauguration, just as she did four years ago. Kenya Strong says she wants daughter Ty to know that "her potential is endless." Her daughter, who is 15, says she learned in 2009 that she'd meet all types of people -- not just African-Americans like herself.
David Richardson of Atlanta and his two young children were in the early crowds heading to the National Mall before sunrise. He says they "wanted to see history" -- and he also wanted the children to see that "anything is possible through hard work."
Wendy Davis, also from Georgia, was one of the thousands who packed Metro trains before sunrise. She came four years ago, but was among the many ticketholders who couldn't get in because of the massive crowds. She was determined to make sure that didn't happen this time.
134-a-07-(Janet Everson, Jean Wauford and Maria Mason, parents of musicians in Asheville, N.C., High School Band marching in inaugural parade, in AP interview)-"and we're bonkers (laughs)"-Janet Everson, Jean Wauford and Maria Mason are parents of musicians in the Asheville, North Carolina High School Band who'll march in the inaugural parade. As they got close to the Capitol they were clearly thrilled. ((opens with a joyful whoop)) (21 Jan 2013)
138-a-11-(Laura Jackson, Washington D.C. resident attending inauguration ceremony, in AP interview)-"better four years"-Laura Jackson of Washington D.C., says she's attending the inauguration to demonstrate her support and to share in the promise of President Obama's second term. (21 Jan 2013)
139-a-15-(Dan Brennan, inaugural visitor from Kentucky, in AP interview)-"a lifetime today"-Dan Brennan of Kentucky, who's visiting with a high school band that's marching in the inaugural parade, says it's a thrilling experience. (21 Jan 2013)
GRAPHICSBANK: Barack Obama, as US President (l), officially sworn-in; with John Roberts (r), as Chief Justice, 2013 inauguration swearing-in ceremony, Blue Room of the White House, Washington, DC, on texture, partial graphic (21 Jan 2013)
APPHOTO DCJL101: Spectators wave American flags on the National Mall in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, before the start of President Barack Obama's ceremonial swearing-in ceremony during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) (21 Jan 2013)
APPHOTO DCJL105: President Barack Obama supporters arrive on the National Mall in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, for President Barack Obama's ceremonial swearing-in ceremony during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) (21 Jan 2013)
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