Eighth grader Jaylen Spiller didn't make it to President Obama's first inauguration and had to watch it on TV. This time, he'll be right there.
"You can look at it on TV but to witness something like that for yourself makes it seem one hundred times better," Spiller said.
Inauguration coordinators predict fewer crowds this time than in 2009, but MLK Commission Director DuShun Scarbrough begs to difffer. He has six buses going to D.C. this year, when in 2009, he had four.
"It's a once-in-a-lifetime thing for us, and you see all of the people in the parking lot waiting to witness such a historic event," Scarbrough said.
Students and seniors. Blacks and whites. Folks from all walks of life are on this trip. No matter that difference, seeing the democratic process in action stirs up interest.
"It's still monumental in what it means for American history, and to get to be apart of that is a blessing. I'm very excited," Jackson Fitzgibbon said.
Maybe that's why Spiller wouldn't mind being a politician one day.
"If you have the chance to witness something like this, I think everybody should do it," Spiller said.