PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Among the thousands who marched the streets in Washington D.C. on Wednesday were Treasure Coast residents.
"We were actually there at 7:30 in the morning," said Cindy Vidinha, Port St. Lucie resident. "We hung out. It was beautiful."
"It was so uplifting, so inspirational," said Medora Reading, Palm City resident.
Both Vidinha and Reading said before protesters breached the Capitol building that the march was peaceful.
"So many people care about the country," said Reading. "They care about where we're going and the true message."
Vidinha and Reading said they had left before the building was broken into.
"We did not go up on the stairs but you were allowed on the stairs," said Reading. "There were people singing. Many people were saying stop the steal, Trump 2020, Trump 2024."
They said they're not sure what caused people to want to enter the Capitol.
"Shame on us if we did react in an incorrect manner, absolutely," said Reading. "We don't promote violence, but buttons were pushed that we didn't react to."
Vidinha said she's not sure how the country will move forward from this.
"Only God knows," said Vidinha. "I think at this point we're all guessing. We're all hoping and we're praying."
Reading and Vidinha said they decided to attend the march to protect the constitution and the integrity of the 2020 election.