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Petersburg woman to ride in inaugural parade

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWBT) -

Out of the thousands of people gathering to watch the inauguration, one Petersburg woman gets a special seat as a co-chair for the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

A snapshot of America is represented by eight people on that committee and in the group, 76-year-old, Ida Edwards, admires the leader she has supported for years.

"This is the President of the United States and I am standing there," Edwards said. "Then I got emotional because I think of my grandparents and my mom and everyone who never thought this was possible, but there I was."

Ida says being involved politically goes back decades, when her husband and four children did their part during the civil rights movement.

Now a great-grandmother, Edwards says she's humbled by her experience.

"It is so exciting. It's unbelievable but now I believe that anything can happen," said Edwards.

Ida is not alone as she travels from Petersburg, she's joined by Rita Williams who lives in Ettrick.

Their friendship goes back to 2008 when both women campaigned for President Obama's first run for office.

"Every time he campaigned in Virginia I was there at every rally they had," said Wilson.

The women say they spent more than 8 hours a day calling voters from President Obama's campaign office in Petersburg. Ida also became an avid supporter of the president's healthcare plan.

A registered nurse, she let the president know today that he signed the act on her birthday three years ago.

"I thanked him and he thanked me for what I did and shook my hand and embraced me and it was awesome," said Edwards.

Ida will also get an opportunity to ride a float in the inaugural parade on Monday.

The committee members were picked because organizers say they reflect the administration's "core values" and remind the president of how much work still needs to be done.

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