By Sgt. Wendy McDougall
Jan 29, 2013 - 9:37:18 AM
The air was brisk and the streets were dark as soldiers from the Delaware National Guard prepared for their mission - security for the 57th Presidential Inauguration.
While some of the Delaware units were stationed outside of the Capitol Region, two were directly on the National Mall. Members of the 1049th Transportation Company and the 262 Component Repair Company provided security and crowd control around the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and the Capitol Building.
The shift began before dawn with a few spectators making their way to the mall. By the end of the shift, as the official party was entering, the crowds topped the hundred thousand's.
Even though Delaware's troops left the mall before the official ceremonies and the parade, members were proud to be a part of the day. Spc. Oscar Luna said, "it is an honor to say I was a part of this historical event."
Energy was high on the mall, with onlookers showing their patriotism, wearing red, white and blue. Volunteers passing out flags by the hand full. What a vision it was to see, hundreds of thousands of flags waving.
People of all ages made the journey to witness and be a part of our Nation's history.