WASHINGTON, DC – On this day, January 20, 2017, the 45th President of the United States of America, Donald Trump will be sworn in to his title.
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Inauguration day is a long stemmed tradition beginning in 1789, representing a peaceful transition of power as a new president takes their role to lead the nation.
The ceremonies officially began yesterday (Jan 19) with a traditional Wreath Laying Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and a Make America Great Again: Welcome Celebration held at Lincoln Memorial.
Today, they ceremonies will carry on as the 45th President and Vice President of the United States are officially sworn in to their positions on the West Front of the United States Capitol scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m.
For his swearing in ceremony, Donald Trump will use his own Bible, as well as the same Bible that President Lincoln used at his first inauguration. The oath of office will be administered by the Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts.
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Clarence Thomas will administer the Oath of Office to Vice President Michael Pence. The Vice President-elect also will become the first officeholder, since President Ronald Reagan, to take the oath using the Reagan family Bible.
Six other faith readers will participate in the swearing in ceremony, including His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, Reverend Dr. Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, and Pastor Paula White of New Destiny Christian Center, Rabbi Marvin Hier, Dean and Founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Reverend Franklin Graham of Samaritan’s Purse and The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and Bishop Wayne T. Jackson of Great Faith Ministries International.
Newly official President Trump will then speak to the massive crowd for his inaugural address, a traditional speech that has ranged from as little as 135 words in President George Washington’s address to 8,445 words delivered by President William Henry Harrison in 1841.
A 1.5 mile inaugural parade will then follow President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and their families from the Capitol to the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue, a tradition that begin in 1801 with Thomas Jefferson.
President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence will then attend three separate balls together with their families.
Liberty and Freedom: The Official Presidential Inaugural Balls will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center featuring special appearances from Sam Moore, Tim Rushlow and his Big Band, Silhouettes, The Rockettes, Pelican212, The Piano Guys, Circus 1903, Cache Olson, Lexi Walker, and Erin Boheme.
The Salute to Our Armed Services Ball will take place at the National Building Museum and will feature special performances from Tony Orlando and Josh Weathers.
The official ceremonies will be wrapped up on Saturday (Jan 21) with the National Prayer Service held at Washington National Cathedral to include representatives of all religious faiths for a time of prayer and fellowship.
To learn more about the new first family and Trump administration, visit GreatAgain.gov
According to CNN, more than 60 democratic lawmakers have publicly declared to boycott the inauguration ceremonies of Donald Trump.
However, with these words, the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump will officially hold office:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
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