Inspiring speeches and opening ceremony!

Capitol hill!

Capitol hill!

The white house

The white house

Archbishop Desmond Tutu adresses the crowd
Archbishop Desmond Tutu adresses the crowd
General Colin Powell adresses the conference

General Colin Powell adresses the conference

stage of keynote speakers

stage of keynote speakers

Hello Everyone!
Well it was another extremely exciting day here in Washington, jam packed as well! With a 6:30 a.m. start we made our way to the University of Maryland for the start of our day. None other than General Colin Powell spoke to the conference with many wise words of wisdom about leadership, and the future of America and our country. Some of these words of wisdom included “leadership starts with a vision and is broken down into goals.” Next came the most inspiring speech of the day for me. Archbishop Desmond Tutu spoke. For those of you who do not know he is one of the leaders of the peaceful war against African apartheid. At 77 years old this man still cracks jokes as if he’s twenty, however along with those jokes he delivered an inspiring speech leading to a standing ovation and applause to be heard throughout the University. Some of the many inspiring quotes coming form that speech were “You are a VSP, I am a VSP, we all are very special people.” as well as “One of your greatest qualities is being idealistic. You dream, you dream that this will be a world with no war, we dream we will one day be one family, we dream that the world will live as one family,” followed by my favorite “I’m 77 years old and I say the world is in good hands, compassionate hands, caring hands, beautiful hands, the world is in YOUR HANDS.” The speech also included other sayings we here often such as “reach for the stars” and as I heard one faculty adviser commenting “the corny things sound amazing coming from him!” and i couldn’t agree more! Now after that we didn’t think the day could go uphill from there, but much to our surprise it did. As many of you may have seen on tv the opening ceremonies for the main event this week, the inauguration, happened today at the Lincoln memorial. We got to be up close and personal, as well as on the National Mall to see the action. We heard performances from Springsteen, Beyonce, Garth Brooks, as well as Bono, and we also heard our own President elect Barack Obama speak. An exhilarating event that we all enjoyed. We returned to the University of Maryland to see another speaker by the name of Erik Weihenmayer. A man who has climbed some of the highest summits in the world, including Everest. This being amazing enough, however he comes through more amazing because he is blind. We heard of his adventures and his challenges throughout his life and what he sees to come. Today was exciting, amazing, and also exhaust

headed to Lincoln Memorial!

headed to Lincoln Memorial!

Erik Weihenmayer

Erik Weihenmayer

ing. I hope everyone is having a great week and enjoys the blog and pictures!

Dylana

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7 Responses

  1. D,
    WOW!, what a day… When we arrived home last night, we started to tape the opening ceremonies that was televised. We’ll put it on a DVD for you.
    Love reading your blogs…. have fun today and look forward to reading your next entry.
    Missy

    P.S. How did the Ball Gown survive the flight…?

  2. D,

    Wow!, what a day! When we got home last night, Mike started to tape the opening ceremonies that were televised. We will put on a DVD for you.
    Have a great action packed day. Looking forward to reading your next blog….

    Missy

    P.S. How did the Ball Gown survive the flight…?

  3. Wow! Dylana the pictures are amazing! I bet today is going to wonderful! Have a wonderful time and stay warm!

  4. Hey Dylana! Looks like you are having the time of your life! Take lots and lots of pictures and share whe you get back! I wish I could be there with you for such a historic event! Have fun and be safe 🙂

  5. Wow! It is great to hear are the amazing, positive, inspiring messages! This quote really is great: “I’m 77 years old and I say the world is in good hands, compassionate hands, caring hands, beautiful hands, the world is in YOUR HANDS.”

  6. Dylana –

    I am sooo excited for you. You are witnessing such a huge piece of history – one that the rest of us will only be able to read about. I can’t wait to hear about your amazing adventure when we see you in February. Have fun – be safe and stay warm.

    Karen

    P.S.
    How could you have left out Bon Jovi in your list of people at the concert (HaHa)

  7. Dylana,

    A great account of what’s happening in DC. I’ve been following the news, but your account really brought it to life! You truly are experiencing an event that will be written about for decades to come. The team wishes you all the best!

    -Coach Jason

    PS: If the reflecting pool in front of the monument freezes over, get a skate in!

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