Hundreds of thousands of people converged on the National Mall in Washington to watch Barack Obama be sworn in as president of the United States for a second time.
Among the crowds were several people from the Houston area.
"I just cannot believe the excitement. It's just so energizing," said Ruth Walter of Spring.
"I never thought I'd see it in my lifetime," said Lee Rollins of Houston.
Rollins made the trip to Washington with a group of Houstonians who were determined to get up close to history yet again.
"I don't care where I am standing. I don't care how far it is. I just need to see it," said Rollins.
The inauguration was an emotional experience for Houstonians Kathy and Joe Daniels.
"We didn't go to the first and we figured we'd come to this one because it would be the chance of a lifetime. My husband is not going to admit it, but he teared up a little bit, said Kathy Daniels.
"I got carried away. I hollered for four more years," said Joe Daniels.
Cynthia Miller and Daundra Starling traveled to Washington for the first time ever from northwest Houston. For them, it was worth every minute.
"It was awesome. It was like I wanted to faint. It was so emotional and so moving," said Starling.
Houston's own Beyonce Knowles represented her hometown and her country with a moving performance of the national anthem. It ended with an eruption of applause.