Preview to Inauguration 2013: Events to highlight the swearing-in of President Obama for second term
By SGZ Staff
Washington is kicking into high gear finalizing plans and events for Inauguration 2013 when President Barack Obama will take the oath of office for the second time. With this year’s theme, “Faith in America’s Future,” there will be plenty of activities from balls and galas to parades, concerts and, of course, the infamous inaugural speeches.
Here is a list of what is planned:
Saturday – National Day of Service
In honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the National Day of Service, Americans are encouraged to participate in service events and activities in their own communities.
Kids’ Inaugural Concert
First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will host the second Kids’ Inaugural Concert at the Washington Convention Center. The concert, which is invitation only, highlights their ongoing commitment to military families.
Sunday – Private Swearing in of the President
The 20th Amendment of the Constitution established that Jan. 20 would be the start of a presidential term. Since Inauguration Day falls on a Sunday this year, the president will be sworn in during a small private ceremony a day before the public ceremony. President Obama will use a Bible that belongs to first lady Michelle Obama’s family.
Jan. 21 — Second Inauguration
The swearing-in ceremony and the inaugural address will take place on the west steps of the U.S. Capitol. President Obama will take the oath of office with two Bibles — one belonging to President Abraham Lincoln and the other to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Open to the public, humongous television screens will be placed throughout the National Mall.
The inaugural luncheon, hosted by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, will follow inside the Capitol.
The Presidential Inaugural Parade
The parade, which will include members from all branches of the military, will start at 2 p.m., and process along Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. The parade is free; however, bleacher seating, which extends from 3rd to 17th streets, is not. All parade and event attendees should expect to undergo thorough security screenings.
Jan. 22 — National Prayer Service
One day after the swearing-in ceremony, President Obama and Vice President Biden, along with other dignitaries, will attend the interfaith Inaugural National Prayer Service at the Washington National Cathedral. The service will feature prayers, readings, and musical performances. The event is by invitation only, but it will be streamed live at the National Cathedral’s website, http://www.nationalcathedral.org/.