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Brazil RPCV Lucy Mueller to march as Peace Corps Volunteer in Obama Inauguration Parade

Brazil RPCV Lucy Mueller to march as Peace Corps Volunteer in Obama Inauguration Parade

She said that she was surprised to discover that her fellow Peace Corps marchers "who aren't particularly military-oriented, were able to form straight lines. They're quite a group." She said that a cold breeze was setting the marchers' flags aflutter. The flags represent the the nations that the volunteers have served in. Mueller is the only Rhode Islander in the contingent, and the only volunteer who has served in Brazil. Mueller said she got her slot in the parade through a lottery. The marchers have to provide their own housing, however. As for watching Obama take the oath, "We saw the swearing-in after a fashion," she said. "We were bused into the White House Elipse. They have huge tents -- heated no less. They had some televisions, but they weren't very big. But people were very quiet, so we could all hear even if we couldn't see."

Brazil RPCV Lucy Mueller to march as Peace Corps Volunteer in Obama Inauguration Parade

Wakefield Peace Corps marcher listened in heated tent
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Lucy Mueller, 67, of Wakefield, is part of a Peace Corps contingent that traveled to Washington to take part in the parade.

"We are lined up now for the parade, ready to start marching, but first we have to march to where the parade begins," Mueller reported at 1:55 p.m.

She said that she was surprised to discover that her fellow Peace Corps marchers "who aren't particularly military-oriented, were able to form straight lines. They're quite a group."

She said that a cold breeze was setting the marchers' flags aflutter. The flags represent the the nations that the volunteers have served in. Mueller is the only Rhode Islander in the contingent, and the only volunteer who has served in Brazil.

Mueller said she got her slot in the parade through a lottery. The marchers have to provide their own housing, however.

As for watching Obama take the oath, "We saw the swearing-in after a fashion," she said. "We were bused into the White House Elipse. They have huge tents -- heated no less. They had some televisions, but they weren't very big. But people were very quiet, so we could all hear even if we couldn't see."




Lucy Mueller, Peace Corps alumna

01:00 AM EST on Sunday, January 18, 2009

Growing up on a farm in Iowa, Lucy Mueller never imagined that she would one day participate in ceremonial events for the inauguration of a U.S. president.

I was going to walk in an inaugural parade? I dont think so, she says. Im adding this to the Things I Never Would Have Imagined Possible as a Child list.

But on Tuesday, Mueller, 67, will join a contingent of other Peace Corps alumni in the 1.6-mile parade that follows the swearing-in ceremony.

Mueller, who lives in Wakefield, served with the Peace Corps in Brazil for two years beginning in 1965. She put her name in a lottery to join the Peace Corps marching group.

I said theres no way Im going to get it, she says.

But she did. She was scheduled to take a train to Washington today and stay in Arlington, Va., with a longtime friend she met in the Peace Corps. Tomorrow, the two will do a dry run of how she will get from Arlington to the Metro stop where her contingent will gather at 7:30 on the day of the inauguration.

We do not get to see the inauguration, says Mueller. Im just going to program my VCR and Ill watch it when I come back. To me, its a small trade-off. Just to walk in the parade to me is really exciting.

Richard Salit





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