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Police stand to block off streets.
Photo by: Bri Watkins | News Editor

 

Photo by: Emily Sharp | Editor-in-ChiefRed tickets to the inauguration allowed people into the Union Square area.
Red tickets to the inauguration allowed people into the Union Square area. Photo by: Emily Sharp | Editor-in-Chief
Photo by: Emily Sharp | Editor-in-ChiefArmored vehicles closed streets around the national mall.
Armored vehicles closed streets around the national mall. Photo by: Emily Sharp | Editor-in-Chief
Photo by: Emily Sharp | Editor-in-ChiefThousands wait to go through security for the inauguration.
Thousands wait to go through security for the inauguration. Photo by: Emily Sharp | Editor-in-Chief
Photo by: Emily Sharp | Editor-in-ChiefPeople gathered before dawn to wait five hours to see the inauguration.
People gathered before dawn to wait five hours to see the inauguration. Photo by: Emily Sharp | Editor-in-Chief
Photo by: Emily Sharp | Editor-in-ChiefDawn breaks over the capitol on Inauguration Day.
Dawn breaks over the capitol on Inauguration Day. Photo by: Emily Sharp | Editor-in-Chief
Photo by: Bri WatkinsPeople gather to watch the 58th inauguration.
People gather to watch the 58th inauguration. Photo by: Bri Watkins | News Editor
Photo by: Emily Sharp | Editor-in-ChiefTruimph, the insult comic dog, who appears on Late Night with Conan O' Brien was wondering the crowd waiting for the inaugural parade.
Truimph, the insult comic dog, who appears on Late Night with Conan O’ Brien was wandering through the crowd waiting for the inaugural parade. Photo by: Emily Sharp | Editor-in-Chief
Photo by: Bri Watkins | News EditorPolice stand to block off streets.
Police stand to block off streets. Photo by: Bri Watkins | News Editor
Photo by: Emily Sharp | Editor-in-ChiefThe parade beings with a motorcade.
The parade beings with a motorcade. Photo by: Emily Sharp | Editor-in-Chief
Photo by: Bri WatkinsPeople march in revolutionary war uniforms during the inaugural parade to remind us all of our beginnings.
People march in revolutionary war uniforms during the inaugural parade to remind us all of our beginnings. Photo by: Bri Watkins
Photo by: Bri WatkinsThe mounted police joined in the inaugural parade.
The mounted police joined in the inaugural parade. Photo by: Bri Watkins | News Editor
Photo by: Bri WatkinsPence laughs in his car at the inaugural parade.
Pence laughs in his car at the inaugural parade. Photo by: Bri Watkins | News Editor
Photo by: Bri WatkinsPence points out his window to the crowd at the inaugural parade.
Pence points out his window to the crowd at the inaugural parade. Photo by: Bri Watkins | News Editor
Photo by: Bri WatkinsPence looks out his window during the inaugural parade.
Pence looks out his window during the inaugural parade. Photo by: Bri Watkins | News Editor
Photo by: Bri WatkinsTrump waves from his car in the inaugural parade. His son, Barron, is in the car with him.
Trump waves from his car in the inaugural parade. His son, Barron, is in the car with him. Photo by: Bri Watkins| News Editor
Photo by: Bri WatkinsTrump waves from his car in the inaugural parade.
Trump waves from his car in the inaugural parade. Photo by: Bri Watkins | News Editor
Photo by: Bri WatkinsThe Texas State Strutters perform in the 58th inaugural parade.
The Texas State Strutters perform in the 58th inaugural parade. Photo by: Bri Watkins | News Editor
Photo by: Bri WatkinsThe Texas State Strutters perform in the 58th inaugural parade.
The Texas State Strutters perform in the 58th inaugural parade. Photo by: Bri Watkins | News Editor
Photo by: Bri WatkinsThe Texas State Strutters perform in the 58th inaugural parade.
The Texas State Strutters perform in the 58th inaugural parade. Photo by: Bri Watkins | News Editor
Photo by: Bri WatkinsThe Texas State Strutters perform in the 58th inaugural parade.
The Texas State Strutters perform in the 58th inaugural parade. Photo by: Bri Watkins | News Editor
Photo by: Bri WatkinsThe Texas State Strutters perform in the 58th inaugural parade.
The Texas State Strutters perform in the 58th inaugural parade. Photo by: Bri Watkins | News Editor
Photo by: Bri WatkinsThe Texas State Strutters perform in the 58th inaugural parade.
The Texas State Strutters perform in the 58th inaugural parade. Photo by: Bri Watkins | News Editor
Photo by: Bri WatkinsThe Texas State Strutters perform in the 58th inaugural parade.
The Texas State Strutters perform in the 58th inaugural parade. Photo by: Bri Watkins | News Editor

WASHINGTON – As the 45th president of the United States was sworn in, thousands gathered to watch the peaceful transition of power and the following parade on Inauguration Day as protests took place nearby.

President Donald Trump said in his inaugural address that the nation can expect an immediate change. He said his goal is to solely focus on America’s destiny.

“We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth, and we will bring back our dreams,” Trump said. “We will shine for everyone to follow.”

In a divisive political climate, he encouraged people to participate in the conversation that he said will unite America.

“When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. We must speak our minds openly,” President Trump said. “When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.”

His speech focused on standing in solidarity with one another and reminded everyone that they are all Americans.

“Whether we are black, brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots,” Trump said.

His speech left people with two main messages.

“The forgotten men and women will be forgotten no longer,” Trump said. “We will put America first.”

He reminded the crowds to stay connected through the love of our country.

“We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.”

Blocks away, some protests turned violent as windows were smashed and a car was set on fire. Police responded with pepper spray and the arrest of more than 200 people. Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia officials described the violence as relatively minor.

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