Inauguration is Extra Special Locally

Posted at: 01/21/2013 6:52 PM
Updated at: 01/21/2013 6:53 PM
By: Brianna Long

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Peggy Leino is a proud mother. Her son is attending the inauguration. Even though she is more than a thousand miles away, Peggy says what her son is experiencing, is exceptional.

President Obama took the oath of office for the second time in Washington D.C, and nearly a million people came to watch it happen.

In amongst the crowds are a few people from southeast Minnesota and North Iowa.

Peggy Leino took time out of her work day to catch the inauguration online. It's something she does every four years, but this time its even more special.

"I was so excited. I mean my son has worked so hard in school and everything and I'm just so excited for him," said Leino.

Her son Michael is there in person. He was invited because of an honor society he is a part of at Winona State University.

"He was on the national mall and on the capital steps and he was so excited he said it was just a wild zoo there, but he's excited," said Leino.

Michael's not alone. Members of the 1133rd unit of the Iowa National Guard are also at the event.

"We're  going to represent the whole state of Iowa, and the national guard, and Mason City, so I think its a really big honor," said Sgt. Fehr, before he left.

An honor Peggy hopes her son will never forget.

"He called me last night and just talked for about three minutes, and said that he's just having an amazing time and is meeting so many people and its really amazing," said Leino.  

Peggy says Michael is a history major. In addition to attending the inauguration, he is also going to a conference where he gets to hear from politicians.