WITNESS TO HISTORY: Inauguration inspires Crestview fourth-grader

Published: Monday, January 28, 2013 at 09:23 AM.

"We couldn't see him (Obama)," Justice said. "But we could hear him. And we heard Beyoncé sing."

Singer Beyoncé Knowles sang the national anthem during Monday's inauguration, but the energetic crowd witnessing this national event particularly interested Justice as she and her cousins approached the U.S. Capitol.

"The rush of getting there and everybody pushing was exciting," she said. "But the closer we got, everybody got happier. They (security forces) moved people into, like, little blocks. One big guy and his daughter came bouncing everybody out of their way. We just laughed at them."

Pat Mosely, her grandmother, explained the "little blocks" were roped off stalls; each contained a certain number of spectators. Officials using observation satellites could count the stalls to get an accurate estimate of the crowd, which was "at least" 1 million people, according to the politics website Politico.com.

During the trip, Justice climbed the Washington Monument. The iconic landmark was impressive even before she set foot in it, she said.

"It was wonderful just walking up to it," Justice said. "The view was, actually, wow!"

She and her cousins also visited the National Museum of African Art, and took pictures in front of government departments, including the Department of the Treasury.

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