January 19, 2013 in Nation/World

Inaugural events, times in nation’s capital


The schedule for the second Inaugural of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden:


• National Day of Service Summit on the National Mall

The Obama and Biden families issue a call to action for all Americans to join in service to honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. As part of the inauguration, the Presidential Inaugural Committee encourages people to participate in a National Day of Service, which the Obamas started four years ago.

The inaugural committee hosts a Service Summit on the National Mall and plans service events in all 50 states. In addition to the Service Summit, on Saturday the Obamas and Bidens participate in service events in the capital.

• Kids’ Inaugural Concert

First lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden host the Kids’ Inaugural Concert for military children and families.


Inaugural ceremonies are not held on a Sunday because public institutions are closed. In accordance with the requirements of the Constitution, Obama and Biden are officially sworn in on Sunday.

• Vice President Joe Biden’s Official Swearing-In, Naval Observatory, 5:15 a.m. PST

• Wreath-Laying Ceremony, Arlington National Cemetery, 6 a.m. PST

• President Obama’s Official Swearing-In, White House, Blue Room, 8:55 a.m. PST


• Ceremonial Swearing-In, Capitol Hill, 8:30 a.m. PST

The order of the program:

Musical selections: The U.S. Marine Band

Musical selections: P.S. 22, Staten Island in N.Y., and Lee University Festival Choir, Cleveland, Tenn.

Call to order and welcoming remarks: Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

Invocation: Myrlie Evers-Williams

Musical selection: Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

Oath of office administered to Vice President Biden: Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Musical selection: James Taylor

Oath of office administered to President Obama: Chief Justice John Roberts

Inaugural address: President Obama

Musical selection: Kelly Clarkson

Poem: Richard Blanco

Benediction: the Rev. Luis Leon of St. John’s Church, Washington

The National Anthem: Beyonce

• Inaugural Parade , Viewing stands and bleachers are lined along Pennsylvania Avenue, 11:35 a.m. PST

The Obamas and Bidens participate in a parade featuring floats and vehicles representing about 60 groups.

• The Commander in Chief’s Inaugural Ball

The gala honors service members and their families.

• The Inaugural Ball


• National Prayer Service, Washington National Cathedral, 7:30 a.m. PST

The Obamas and Bidens attend.

Associated Press

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