By: Elizabeth Benton, Register Staff

Just after 7:30 a.m. Monday, a little yellow school bus left Common Ground High School in New Haven, destined for Washington, D.C., with 11 students, three teachers and a photographer on board who all hope to join the millions expected to witness in person President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration today.

“Actually being a part of it, being able to witness it, you’re a part of the history,” said junior Aisha Gambrell, 16. “You’re right there in the heart of it, with millions of other people watching it. You’re the breathing history. You’re right there.”

“Even though I’m only 16 years old, I never expected in my lifetime to have an African-American president. There’s no word to describe how proud I am,” she said. “I’m mixed like he is.”

Upward of 2 million people are expected on the National Mall today, from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial.

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