Mother, daughter say they wouldn’t have missed the inauguration for anything

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By Alice Du Pont

"We had a lot of fun; we met a lot of great people. I wouldn't have missed it for anything," said Kathryn Cowdery.

She and her daughter, 17-year-old Colleen, wanted to join others to see history made when the 44th and first African-American president was sworn into office.

"Although there were two million people there, I felt so close, so connected to everyone there and everyone seemed so excited," she said.

Colleen said she had been to Washington, D.C. on a class trip in the seventh grade but that trip didn't compare with the inaugural trip.

The Cowderys live near Havana and met a lot of people from around the nation on the mall that Tuesday.

"One of the best parts of the trip was meeting a lot of new people from Havana and Quincy that we took the trip with," Kathryn said.