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Students will soon get to experience the presidential inauguration

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Hamilton, IL (WGEM)-- Just a few hours from now, a group of students from Hamilton High School will embark on a trip of historic proportions.

29 students will fly out of St. Louis tomorrow morning headed to President Barack Obama's second inauguration. Their first stop however will be Philadelphia to see the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and other sites.

And then it's off to Gettysburg, to take part in the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Washington D.C. is their final stop.

Teacher David Artman says the trip is a real life history lesson.

"They get to see the inauguration first hand. Now they may not be real close but they'll be there. And you know anybody can watch it on TV I guess but just the atmosphere of being with everybody and as they say, all the hoop-la," said David Artman the PE/Health Teacher.

Students say they can't wait to see history being made before their very eyes but they are also excited to learn more about the nation's past.

"I'm so excited first off to see the inauguration, that's what we're going for. But the next most important thing that I think I'm looking forward to is going to the Smithsonian. I think that will be very fun and interesting to learn about so many things throughout our history," said Brooke Cameron, a sophomore.

David Artman says they have been planning this trip for over a year and half and while they are in D.C. the students also get to take part in an inauguration ball.

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