Lowcountry residents participate in, attend Haley inuaguration

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC / AP) - People from across the state including the Lowcountry traveled to Nikki Haley's inauguration in Columbia and some were even part of the big day.

Cadets from the Citadel were escorts for the dignitaries along with the color guard.

The poet during the ceremony, Marjorie Wentworth, is from Mt. Pleasant. Wentworth is also our state's poet laureate.

Also, President pro-tem of the Senate Glenn McConnel presided over the swearing in ceremony.

The crowd withstood temperatures that hovered at freezing Wednesday to see Haley take the oath of office.

Isle of Palms resident Kae Childs said she brought her 12- and 8-year-old granddaughters from Greenville to be part of the event, which they described as "awesome."

Narem Banik of Charleston said he and his wife came to their first inaugural to see an Indian-American become the state's chief executive. The neuroscientist said Haley's win means anyone in America can achieve their dreams.

Though Haley has eschewed the historical nature of her election, she publicly thanked her mother and noted the difficulties she faced as a woman in India.

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