The Countdown is On!

ALL-DAY PERFORMANCES, REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY PRECEDE SWEARING-IN AT NOON ON FRIDAY

by Sharon Rondeau

(Jan. 18, 2017) — For those keeping careful track of the time leading up to the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States on Friday, a non-partisan countdown clock is offered by the website timeanddate.com.

A website established by the Presidential Inauguration Committee (PIC) to detail the 58th presidential inauguration shows that festivities begin with performances at 10:35 a.m. at the Lincoln Memorial on Thursday.  Tickets for the concert are not required, and a live broadcast will be provided to the public.

The concert will overlap a wreath-laying ceremony on Thursday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery.

Remarks are expected to be made by President-Elect Donald J. Trump at the concern’s conclusion at approximately 6;00 p.m.

Invoking Trump’s campaign slogan, the inaugural events are termed the “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration.”

The inaugural’s official Twitter account, @TrumpInaugural, shows Trump writing his inaugural speech at what has come to be known as the “Winter White House” at Trump’s resort in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, where he spent the Christmas holidays.

On his Twitter feed on Wednesday, CBS White House correspondent Mark Knoller tweeted a photo of reporters preparing for Barack Hussein Obama’s final press conference as occupant of the Oval Office, describing the room as “jammed.”

Trump will be taking his oath of office on two Bibles:  one given to him by his mother after his graduation from Sunday Church Primary School and the “Lincoln Bible” used by Abraham Lincoln and Obama.

Vice-President-Elect Michael Pence will be sworn in on the Reagan Family Bible.

The swearing-in of Trump and Pence will be followed by three inaugural balls.

Since the founding of the nation, presidential inaugurations took place on March 4 until the passage of the 20th Amendment in 1933, which made the date January 20.

One Response to "The Countdown is On!"

  1. marlene   Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 11:34 PM

    Thank you, Sharon Rondeau, for this info.

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