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This inauguration symbolizes so much to me. It is seeing hope come back into our country after years of feeling awkward about being an American. Hope that my first niece, who is biracial and born on the very day Obama was elected, will have doors open to her that so many Americans never got to see. It gives me hope that openly gay people, such as myself, can have faith that with our perseverance, we too may see acceptance and movement toward equality. This is an event that I am proud to take my children to in order to show them what it feels like to be part of a movement in American history.

— Aimee of Florence, Massachusetts