Monday, December 29, 2008

21 Days, 10 Hours, 55 minutes Until the Day

Check out the countdown feature at the DC Government Inauguration site. Very cool.

The Obama Inauguration schedule of events is now available:

Tuesday, January 20th - Inauguration Day

The President-elect and Vice President-elect and their families will participate in the traditional inaugural ceremonies and events. For the first time ever, the length of the National Mall will be open to those wishing to attend the swearing-in ceremony. Festivities will commence at 10 a.m. on the west front of the U.S. Capitol and will include:

• Musical Selections: The United States Marine Band, followed by The San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus
• Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks: Senator Dianne Feinstein
• Invocation: Dr. Rick Warren
• Musical Selection: Aretha Franklin
• Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will be sworn into office by Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, the Honorable John Paul Stevens
• Musical Selection: John Williams, composer/arranger with Itzhak Perlman, (violin), Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Gabriela Montero (piano) and Anthony McGill (clarinet)
• President-elect Barack H. Obama will take the Oath of Office, using President Lincoln’s Inaugural Bible, administered by the Chief Justice of the United States, the Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr.
• Inaugural Address
• Poem: Elizabeth Alexander
• Benediction: The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery
• The National Anthem: The United States Navy Band “Sea Chanters”

After President Obama gives his Inaugural Address, he will escort outgoing President George W. Bush to a departure ceremony before attending a luncheon in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall. The 56th Inaugural Parade will then make its way down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House with groups traveling from all over the country to participate.
Later that day, the Presidential Inaugural Committee will host ten official balls. Info will be available later.

In addition, on Jan. 19th, the day we arrive in Frederick, on the eve of the Inauguration there will be a youth concert at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. The concert will be free, but tickets are required. So, again, if people are interested in an excursion into DC the evening of the 19th, let me know soon.

Finally, we will travel on the day we celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. The Inauguration team has designated this to be a day of service. If you have an idea about how we can particpate in the spirit of community and service even as we journey to the City of Washington, please add your comments to this blog or send me an email.

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Happy 2009 to us all!

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