by Graham Sturgeon, co-editor

MIKE AND SHELLY MILLER of Corunna attended the 58th Presidential Inauguration on Friday, Jan. 20 in Washington D.C. to witness the swearing-in of Donald Trump. The couple drove to the inauguration, arriving on Thursday and staying until Sunday. Despite their early arrival, the Millers were only able to get as close to the Capitol Building as Union Square, which is located blocks away from the inauguration stage, on the other side of the Capitol Reflecting Pool. The couple can be seen with the U.S. Capitol Building in the background, and shown on the large viewing screen is the United States Marine Band, which played throughout the ceremony. (Courtesy Photo)

Mike and Shelly Miller of Corunna witnessed history on Friday, Jan. 20 when they joined Americans, from all over the country, for the inauguration of President Donald Trump in Washington D.C. Shelly had been to the nation’s capitol previously, but Mike was making his first trip and says he will “definitely be making another trip.”

The couple began their journey on Thursday, driving through Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, which is where the couple stayed during their trip. Not surprisingly, hotel rooms were hard to come by due to the inauguration and the women’s rights march that took place on Saturday, Jan. 21. The large crowds precluded the Millers from taking in the parade on Friday, and they created transportation issues in the following days, as the Millers attempted to tour the city’s many historical monuments. Mike is a gun rights advocate and a big supporter of the military, so he was glad he and Shelly were able to “pay respect to those who made it possible for people to protest” by visiting the Arlington National Cemetery and the Marine Corps Memorial in Virginia.

Mike did not let the large crowds, rainy weather, and protestors ruin his experience, and he was really impressed with the size of the gathered crowd for the inauguration, the diversity of the crowd, and how everyone seemed to be united in celebrating the event. “The main thing that struck me was the diversity of the crowd,” Miller said. “It wasn’t just a group of angry white men like many people believe. There were women and people of all races, and the whole thing really reinforced my belief and confidence in America. And I have never seen a crowd that big before. We got there early Friday morning and we could not get any closer than Union Square, so people talking about the crowd being small are misinformed.”

Mike and Shelly have been behind Donald Trump since he kicked off his presidential campaign in 2015, and Mike was impressed with his inauguration speech. “It was a great speech,” Mike said. “He told people what they need to hear, not what they want to hear. It was very evident how much he loves his country. I think more people will grow to support him as time goes on.”

Mike reported experiencing several goose bump moments during the inauguration. He called the national anthem performance by 16-year-old soprano Jackie Evancho “amazing” and said he had a lump in his throat as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang America the Beautiful. He was also mesmerized by the wave of sound that would roll through the crowd as people reacted to points President Trump made in the speech.

Mike did not like that people left the streets of Washington D.C. a mess following the Jan. 21 women’s rights march, which was not the case with the inauguration crowd. The Millers actually stayed after the ceremony to clean the streets, which were “immaculate,” according to Mike.

The Millers received their tickets to the inauguration from U.S. House Rep. John Moolenaar, R-MI, winning a lottery to obtain the highly coveted tickets. The protestors and marchers, along with the less-than-desirable weather, made the event interesting, as Mike put it, but the couple had the time of their lives. They look forward to the unifying feeling they encountered at the inauguration spreading across the country in the coming weeks and months, as President Trump implements his agenda.

Corunna Couple Take In Inauguration was last modified: January 30th, 2017 by Karen Elford