On January 21, 2013, a cold and clear Monday, several VIU students and staff members went to downtown Washington, DC for the inauguration of Barack Obama as the nation’s 44th President. Along with thousands of other people, VIU students and staff cheered, clapped and held up signs stating “We ‘got your back’ Mr. President.” The 57th Presidential inauguration, held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, was entitled “Faith in America’s Future” to commemorate the United States’ perseverance and unity and marked the 150th year of the placement of the Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol Dome in 1863. For VIU participants, it was an unforgettable experience.

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