Obama includes Day of Service in Inaugural Events
The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced a preliminary schedule of events to take place in the days surrounding the inauguration ceremony. The overriding theme will be "Renewing America's Promise" and will include, in addition to traditional events, a day of service for President- elect Obama and Vice President- elect Joseph Biden and their families.
Their projects will take place on Monday, January 19th in honor of Dr. Martin Luthar King Jr. Day, and they are encouraging people across the nation to follow their lead with their own day of service.
Their specific projects have not yet been made public.
The schedule of events includes:
--Sunday, Jan 18: A welcome afternoon event open to the public.
--Monday, Jan. 19: Mr. Obama, Vice President-elect Joe Biden and their families "will participate in activities dedicated to serving others in communities across the Washington, D.C., area." Those activities will be in connection with congressional recognition of the King holiday as "a national day of community service."
--Tuesday, Jan. 20: Traditional inaugural ceremonies, including the swearing-in on the West Front of the Capitol, a lunch in the Capitol's Statuary Hall, the 56th Inaugural Parade and official inaugural balls in the evening.
--Wednesday, Jan. 21: Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden will participate in a prayer service.