Ben Cline supporters bus to Washington for swearing in

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LEXINGTON, Va. (WDBJ7) The crowd started gathering at a Lexington parking lot in the early morning darkness, a happy gathering despite some of the hardship of predawn hours

“We got up at four so we could get ready to get here," Augusta County resident Michael Shull said. "But sometimes, you know, when you want to do something, you make the effort to do it.”

They were catching a charter bus to Washington, to see the swearing in of the new Congress, and new representative Ben Cline.

“It’s a part of history to have someone from the area there, and to participate in it,”Shull explained.

“It’s exciting. It’s really a new experience for me, getting to know my congressman so personally," said Jan Lowry. "And then being able to be on the Hill watching him be sworn in.”

Jan Lowry organized the trip: three buses getting supporters from Roanoke, Lynchburg, Harrisonburg, and Lexington.

“They are 56-passenger buses, all full, plus we have people driving up on their own,” Lowry said.

All looking forward to a unique experience.

“We can remember this the rest of our lives too,” Shull said.