Local resident Rebekah Majors-Manley attended an inaugural ball in Washington, D.C. Ffom left are: Kiersten Wilkins and Justin Wilkins of Chattanooga; Rebekah Majors-Manley of Bell Buckle; Lenda Sherrell of Monteagle; and Colleen Janus of Murfreesboro.
Bell Buckle resident Rebekah Majors-Manley reflected back recently on her attendance at President Obama's inauguration on Jan. 21.
Bell Buckle resident Rebekah Majors-Manley waves a flag during the presidential inauguration festivities on Jan. 21. in Washington, D.C.
"Initially I had given my tickets away to both events to other passionate volunteers wanting the honor to attend the exciting events of the president's inauguration and ball," Majors-Manley said. "I really felt I could not afford to go, and only realized how upset I was about missing the event when I spoke to my adult son. I began to cry and felt like Cinderella missing the ball. It made me miss my husband, who has passed, and I was so sad. But at the last minute I realized I could make a way to go."
Majors-Manley bought a bus ticket and journeyed to the Capital for the inauguration at the last minute.
"I loved dancing to Stevie Wonder and video-taping people all over the ball floor, dancing and celebrating being a part of history," she said. "It was just a thrill to be able to go to the inaugural ball."
The best part of the experience, she said was attending with her friends, Colleen Janus, Lenda Sherrell, and Justin and Kiersten Wilkins.