Ty Smith with sons Joshua and Jeremiah

Ty Smith of Bowie attends the inauguration with sons Joshua, 7, on his shoulders, and Jeremiah, 9. (Kevin Rector / January 21, 2013)

Some came with their kids, not wanting to miss the opportunity to impart a message of political leadership in a live civics classroom hundreds of thousands of people strong.

Others arrived with their own place in history in mind, considering President Barack Obama's second inauguration a second shot to celebrate the significance of the nation's first black president and be a part of it themselves.

Whatever the reason, Maryland residents joined people from all across the country on Monday who braved the cold weather and long security lines to be on the National Mall for Obama's ceremonial swearing in.

'A piece of history'

Matt Jacobson, 30, and friends Chris Franzoni, 31, and Stan Kimmel, 32, were on the mall early after celebrating the Ravens' win the night before at a D.C. bar, where they'd put a Ray Lewis jersey on an Obama cut-out.

The three attorneys, all originally from the Baltimore area, said they wanted to be on the mall this year to witness history, at Obama's second inauguration.

"I regret not coming to the first one, and I wanted to participate in a piece of American history that you don't get to take advantage of often," Franzoni said.

"It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience," said Jacobson, who also surprised his parents with inauguration tickets.

Leadership demonstration

Ty Smith of Bowie lifted son Joshua, 7, onto his shoulders as the presidential motorcade appeared on a large TV screen.

Joshua wore a Redskins hat. His brother, 9-year-old Jeremiah, wore Ravens regalia.

The boys were too young to go to Obama's last inauguration, so their father wanted to make sure they made this one.

"Having somebody who looks like them, who is a demonstration of leadership, is so important," said Smith, who is African-American.

The boys said they were cold but having fun.

'A bucket list thing'

Gosia Jasinski, 28, watched the inauguration from one of the standing sections on the National Mall with friends John Vasilarakis, 28, and Emmanuel Vasilarakis, 24, brothers Jasinski knows from their days together at Kenwood High School.

"I convinced them to come down," said Jasinski, who now lives in D.C. but grew up in White Marsh. "It's a bucket list thing."

The brothers, who grew up and live in Baltimore, said they arrived Monday morning ready to take in the spectacle of their first inauguration. The three planned to spend the afternoon in Chinatown, they said.

"Then we're going to go home and watch replays from the Ravens game," said John Vasilarakis, who, along with his brother, was decked out in purple and black.

"It's a very good weekend," his brother said.