President Obama will tomorrow, bow out as the 44th President of the United States, and welcome Billionaire Donald Trump as the 45th President. Here are few things you should know about the inauguration.
1. When is the inauguration?
Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States on January 20. The ceremony is scheduled to start at 11.30 a.m., with a musical prelude beforehand. Afterward, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are slated to participate in the traditional inaugural parade, which is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.
2. Where will the inauguration hold?
The inauguration will take place at a public ceremony that is to be held on Friday, January 20, 2017, on the West Front of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
3. What is the theme of the inauguration?
The inauguration theme is “Uniquely American”, a phrase that highlights the inaugural ceremony as “a uniquely American expression of our Constitutional system.”
According to the Trump team, the theme also stresses the peaceful transition of power, and that the American people are “united behind an enduring republic.”
4. Schedule of events
The schedule of events is set to commence on January 19 with a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery attended by the President-elect and Vice President-elect.
After which, there will be a concert titled “Make America Great! Welcome Celebration” which will be held at Lincoln Memorial afterwards.
The following day will be the inauguration ceremony at the US Capitol, followed by the parade on Pennsylvania Avenue and the inaugural balls later on.
5. What will the inauguration involve?
The inaugural ceremonies will include concerts, the swearing-in ceremony, luncheon and parade, inaugural balls, and the interfaith inaugural prayer service.
During this ceremonies, the presidential oath will be administered to Trump by John Roberts the Chief Justice of the United States, and the vice presidential oath of office will be administered to Pence by Associate Justice Clarence Thomas.
6. Who is going to be at the inauguration?
Besides Trump, his family and the Obamas, several living ex-presidents will be in attendance. Jimmy Carter was the first to say he will attend, and so will George W. Bush. Former Vice President Dick Cheney also said he will be there. Both former President Bill Clinton and 2016 presidential election nominee Hillary Clinton are also slated to attend. A George H. W. Bush spokesman said he will not be there, citing health concerns.
Prominent faith leaders like Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the Reverend Franklin Graham will also be there.
Donald Trump encouraged his supporters to set an “all time record” for attendance, but planners are expecting about 800,000 people, well below President Obama’s first inaugural.
7. Who is going to perform at inauguration?
The list thus far lacks the star power of events past. Three Doors Down and Toby Keith have also been added to the lineup, joining some of the Rockettes, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and “America’s Got Talent” runner-up Jackie Evancho, who will sing the national anthem.
8. Trump’s speech
Donald Trump’s inaugural address will be written by Stephen Miller, who was the speechwriter of most of his campaign speeches.
9. What’s the order of the ceremony at inauguration?
The ceremony opens with the call to order from Sen. Roy Blunt, followed by readings and invocations and music from the Missouri State University chorale. Mike Pence will then take the Vice Presidential oath of office, administered by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs, and then Donald Trump takes the presidential oath of office, administered by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.
Trump will give his inaugural address, followed by more readings and a benediction and close with the national anthem. The complete program is HERE.