I remember being on The National Mall in Washington D.C. as a 15 year old in Oct 1979. It was just me, my camera and thousands upon thousands thousands of people packed onto The Mall to attend Pope John Paul II’s Mass.
It was crowded and chaotic, I couldn’t see much and what I was able to see of the actual event was tiny and far-away. But I was there, and I remember.
I remember being on The Mall with my wife, with our then-young sons in a stroller, at the welcome-home end-of-Gulf-War celebration with thousands upon thousands thousands of people in 1991.
Traveling with the stroller only made navigating the crows even harder, but we managed, we had fun, and we remember being there for a small part of history.
I can only imagine what The Mall will be like today for the inauguration of Barack Obama as the next President of the United States; the people, pageantry, celebrations and emotions — it will be quite an event.
Yes, it’ll be extremely crowded. As my father put it, “the Washington Zoo is expanding it’s boundaries.” The weather will be cold, the security checkpoints will be difficult and the lines will be long. For those who choose to brave the elements and the difficulties, though, the day will be well worth the hassles and it will be a day they remember for the rest of their lives.
If I were within 150 miles, you couldn’t keep me away with a big stick. Unfortunately that’s not the case, so I will have to rely on YouTube like the rest of the country. But I will remember.