SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - A group of 8th and 9th grade students from Sikeston will learn a history lesson they'll never forget.
As the wind picked up in Sikeston Saturday, so did the excitement as 20 teens met to take off across the country to see the inauguration of Barack obama in Washington D.C.
"We've been waiting a year and the anicipation has been building like a lot," said 8th grader Jasmine Adams.
"For one, I haven't been there before," said 8th grader Leah Pruden. "Two, I'm witnessing a historical event. Three, I just would love to see Washington D.C. and see all the sights and everything. I'm super excited."
"Just to be able to meet him in person, to be able to see him instead of on TV everyday," said 9th grader Lance Luther.
Eighth grade history teacher Molly Noe began planning the inauguration trip for her students a year and a half ago.
"Trying to teach government and history, the kids learn it but they don't really get to experience it so actually getting to be there, getting to see this and when you talk about things they say 'Oh yea we saw that' or 'We did that' so it brings it to life and makes it much more relevant," said Noe.
The kids will visit Smithsonian museums, Arlington National Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, and go to an inaugural ball.
But after all the pomp and circumstance, they know they're witnessing history and will remember it for the rest of their lives.
"I'll be happy whenever I get kids and grandkids and be able to tell them all that," said Luther.