Connie and Eric Bell and their family traveled to Washington, D.C. for the inauguration of the 45th President Donald Trump. (Photo courtesy of Connie Bell)
Connie and Eric Bell and their family traveled to Washington, D.C. for the inauguration of the 45th President Donald Trump. (Photo courtesy of Connie Bell)
Thousands of Donald Trump supporters made their way to the nation’s capital Friday to witness the inauguration of the candidate they supported throughout the campaign.

Among those attending the celebration were Eric and Connie Bell of Lanesville. Both are Madison Consolidated High School graduates.

In a Monday email to The Madison Courier, Connie Bell said that her husband was a “huge Trump supporter from the very beginning,” from the time the candidate, now president, announced his candidacy. Eric attended a Louisville rally before the primaries and has since “become quite the political junkie that he never was before.”

Ahead of the November election, Eric said that if Trump were to win, he would “have to go,” to the inauguration. Connie wrote a letter to U.S. Rep. Trey Hollingsworth, of Indiana’s 9th Congressional District, and secured six tickets to Friday’s event in D.C. After receiving confirmation of the tickets in December, Connie said she gave the trip to her husband as a Christmas gift.

“The atmosphere was extremely celebratory,” Connie said. “We were in downtown D.C. Thursday and Friday and there was a lot of positive energy. Everyone was very excited.”

She said most protesters “acted reasonably,” and were not violent, yet “a little more than my small town children were used to.”

We were not near the area that the news media has shown the protesters at the time they were being destructive,” she said. “You would have never even known it was happening, but people from home were texting us and asking us about it. Never saw a second of it.”

Bell said she and her husband, joined by their two daughters, his mother and a family friend, had never attended an inauguration before, but got around the city with relative ease. Connie had lived in Virginia before and was familiar with the area.

Because of the crowds for the parade, the group chose to skip that part of the day’s activities.

With security everywhere, Bell said she felt safe throughout the weekend and felt like things were under control and that organizers were prepared for the crowds.

“Most people were very happy and positive, just like a big ‘Go USA’ rally.”