Nebraskans attend President Trump's inauguration

Left to right: Bellevue Mayor Rita Sanders, United States Air Force Tech. Sgt. Dan Bragdon. Pictures courtesy of Mayor Sanders & Tech. Sgt. Bragdon

More than 250,000 people attended President Trump's inauguration and several of those on the nation's mall were from Omaha.

While some were invited others were taking part in the festivities, and they say it's a day they will never forget.

Bellevue Mayor Rita Sanders said, “This was the first year I was able to participate and attend."

Mayor Sanders has always watched the inauguration ceremony on television, but on Friday she was part of the big crowd outside the United States Capitol.

"I felt honored to be there and to be as far forward to participate."

Sanders says she was invited to the ceremony by Nebraska State Senator Deb Fischer. Sanders had a pretty good view of the ceremony and was able to see President Trump.

"It was a huge celebration of a positive message and a direction for all of America."

She says what really made the day was hearing the president mention her home state.

President Trump said, "Whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams."

Tech. Sergeant Dan Bragdon from Bellevue was also in D.C.

"I was glad to represent all the airmen not just from Offutt, but from everywhere around the country."

He volunteered to perform with the United States Air Force Band in the inaugural parade.

"We got to go by the reviewing stand and see the president elect, and his entourage there."

Bragdon says he joined the military for one reason: to serve his country. He says to be in the nation's capital doing just that “is a once in a lifetime opportunity and it's definitely something I'll never forget."

Both Bragdon and Sanders are headed back to Omaha on Saturday.

Sanders says before she leaves she'll be walking in the Women's March on Washington.

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