Portage Family Attending Presidential Inauguration

Posted at 7:21 PM, Dec 29, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-29 23:13:03-05

PORTAGE, Mich. — A family from West Michigan is packing their bags for a historical trip to Washington D.C.

The journey will be more than museums and sightseeing. Michelle Serlin, her boyfriend Troy Zukowski, and her 11-year-old daughter Julia will be attending President Obama’s second inauguration.

We want to bring Julia to be a huge part of it because I think it’s so exciting to have your daughter be a part of history,” said Michelle Serlin.

Zukowski, who has worked in politics, has attended two other presidential inaugurations for both President Obama and Bill Clinton.

“To  have an opportunity for Julia to see history being made, that clinched it for us, It’s something she will remember for rest of her life,” said Zukowski.

Julia is young, but has already had a brush with politics. She received a thank you note from President Obama after writing a letter to the editor in the Kalamazoo Gazette when she was only 7 years old.

Her upcoming journey will not only be a learning experience, but something she can share when she returns home to Portage.

“My social studies teacher told me she wants me to do a big presentation on the inauguration and how D.C was,” said Julia Serlin.

The family was able to get three tickets to the event through Congressman Fred Upton’s office.

The 57th Presidential Inauguration is January 21st and includes the swearing-in ceremony.