Hoosiers at the presidential inauguration

Jan 21, 2013

Hoosiers are in the Nation’s Capital for Monday's Presidential Inauguration.

Crown Pointe-native and Purdue student Tuba Mirza made the trip. She says it’s an honor to be a part of the historic day.

"I'm so excited, I can't explain to you," she says with a laugh. "It's MLK Day too. I just want to be at the steps where he gave his speech. I just want to be there. I feel like it's going to be a great feeling."

Fort Wayne resident and Purdue student resident Brittany Mihalek-Adkins also is in Washington, D.C. as part of a Diversity and Inclusion tour with the university. She says the events leading up to the Inauguration add to the excitement.

"Experiencing the culture of a lot of different groups. The Holocaust Museum will be really powerful, and I'm hoping to get something out of that. We're also going to be experiencing the Human Rights Campaigning headquarters. I think all of us will be able to take something back to our student organizations."

Mihalek-Adkins says the event is even better because she is experiencing all of the history in the Nation’s Capital.

"This is, literally, a history-in-the-making weekend. It's really exciting and nice to see the monuments and building you only ever see on T.V. It's awesome."

The Indiana State Society held its Inaugural ball Sunday night.  More than 1,000 people attended. Governor Mike Pence gave the keynote address at the event and Purdue’s Varsity Glee Club provided the entertainment.

Monday's Presidential Inauguration will take place on the steps of the Capitol. You can hear live coverage from NPR beginning at 10 a.m. on WBAA AM920 or online HERE.