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Seeking a Sliver of History, No Obstacle Too Formidable

"We were waiting all this time, and we were almost there," Nancy said.

They were angry -- and dogged. Although police said they were shutting down the gate, they lingered outside, figuring that it would have to be reopened eventually.

An Army sergeant at a guard station at Seventh and D streets NW attempts to give directions to individuals amid a throng of spectators, reporters and people attempting to get to their jobs downtown. (Preston Keres -- The Washington Post)

But when the police in riot gear appeared, they gave up on that idea, and after walking a few blocks found another gate they could get through.

It was 3:35 when they got in.

The president had passed by already.

The kids, however, seemed to like the horses and the marching bands just as well.

"I liked the pink flag girls," 3-year-old Alexis opined.

"It was worth it, definitely," Lawrence said, before heading home.

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