The energy was alive on a bus headed to the Nation's Capitol Friday afternoon from Birmingham.
More than a dozen Birmingham residents filled the seats and were ready to make the almost 12-hour trip to Washington, D.C.
"Just to pay respect for the ones who went there and some of them gave their lives and suffered and everything. that's the least I can do is carry on the memory," said Tommy Green, Jr.
Green was enlisted in the service when the 1963 March on Washington took place. He wasn't able to make it then but Friday's trip makes up for it.
"It's really rewarding because their past paid a price to be where they are today. It didn't come by osmosis. People paid a price for that so they need to know that," Green said.
Angellica Perkins, 20, is part of the Tuskegee chapter of the NAACP. She said making the trip to Washington is the least she can do to honor those who stood for equality 50 years ago.
"The freedoms that we have and the liberties that we have all came from our forefathers that did this for you," said Perkins.
A total of five buses headed north Friday. It's a trip Sheila Tyson said needs to always stay on the minds of the nation.
"We cannot forget where we came from because if you do that then sometimes you end up repeating," said Tyson.
Saturday at 8 a.m. participants will meet at the Lincoln Memorial and march to the Washington Monument.
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