Updated: Monday, 19 Jan 2009, 10:32 AM CST
Published : Wednesday, 14 Jan 2009, 11:06 AM CST
AUSTIN (KXAN) - Many Central Texans are getting ready to make the trip to Washington D.C. for the inauguration, and for one Austin family, three generations will be represented at the historic event. A mother, her 10-year-old daughter and 74-year-old mother leave Sunday to attend the ceremony. Maria Kruger has been making plans to attend since last summer, before the election was even decided, but it was not until last month that she found out she secured tickets.
"On Dec. 30, I got my confirmation e-mail that said we had tickets, so we're all set," said Kruger.
Kruger will be going to the inauguration with her daughter Isabella as well as her mother Dalila Cruz.
"It's three generations able to see history at the same place and at the same time," said Cruz. "When my granddaughter gets to be as old as I am, she'll tell her grandchildren, 'I was there.'"
The three were going to go whether they had tickets or not. They also plan to take part in the Martin Luther King Day activities the day before and maybe get a tour of the White House.
"In her elementary school, they're studying American History this year, and I thought, 'What better living history lesson than being in D.C. for the ceremony,'" said Kruger.
Isabella will be taping some reports for her school and posting them on YouTube.
"I actually feel lucky to be able to go to something this historic,and I really am excited about doing this," said Isabella Kruger-Seiler.
The family has ordered new parkas online to brave the cold conditions expected on inauguration day.
"We bought our clothing from Lands End, so we'll be Texans
decked out in good winter wear," said Kruger.