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Memphians head to nation's capitol

(WMC-TV) - Members of a Memphis church are on the road again to witness the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

For many of them it is the second time they will watch the president be sworn in, but this year's journey has even more meaning than the last.

Bus engines were revved up at Koinonia Baptist Church Saturday morning.

Hundreds of church members are heading to D.C. to witness the second swearing in of President Barack Obama.

"Just to be a part of history, and to witness it first hand," said attendee Joseph Woodfork III.

This is the second time the church has hosted their Witness to History tour.

"I went in 2008 and enjoyed it, and that was a privilege and an honor to be a part of that and I just want to experience it again," said Woodfork.

Bags were stuffed with warm clothes and the crowd came prepared for a 13 hour ride through the night.

"Good feelings, you know everybody is here for the same thing to wish our president well on his second term, and you know it's just a long time coming and I'm glad to be a part of history," said attendee Dayna Pirtle.

The historic event is even more meaningful the second time around.

"This will probably be the last time I will witness an event such as this, the celebration of Martin Luther King's birthday and the inauguration of president Barack Obama," said pastor Dr. Roosevelt Terrence Joyner.

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