DemDaily: The Inaugural Lineup!

January 14, 2021

In less than one week President Joseph Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will be sworn-in at the 59th Presidential Inauguration, themed "America United."

The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) announced more details this morning on next week's historic inauguration, with a line-up that includes Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and a television extravaganza hosted by Tom Hanks and fellow celebs inaugural night.

DemList will continue to keep you updated daily on developments and details as they become available.


National Day of Service
All-Day Event
Inaugural Week will kick off Monday with a National Day of Service to celebrate and honor the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The day "is an opportunity for all Americans to unite and serve at a time when the global pandemic calls on all of us to work together and support our communities."

In partnership with organizations across the country, events will focus on COVID-19 relief and address challenges that have been exacerbated by the pandemic, such as poverty, hunger, racial injustice, homelessness, mental health, and educational disparities. SignUp for the Day of Service

National COVID Memorial
5:30pm ET
The memorial will honor the lives lost to COVID-19. In the nation's capital, the ceremony will feature a lighting around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. Citizens in cities and towns across the country are invited to join Washington, D.C. in illuminating buildings, ringing church bells and lighting your own candle in a national moment of unity and remembrance."

Field of Flags
National Mall up to 13th Street
An extensive public art display on the National Mall that will include approximately 191,500 U.S. flags of varying sizes, including flags representing every state and territory, and 56 pillars of light. The Field of Flags will represent the American people who are unable to travel to Washington, DC.

Donations to the display will go to a list of 22 charitable organizations, including nonprofits working to provide food, help struggling youth, protect access to education, and assist senior citizens.

Swearing in Ceremonies
11:30am ET: West Front of the US Capitol
*Order and Times TBD

Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga will perform (CNN)

Opening Remarks
InvocationFather Leo J. O'Donovan, American Jesuit Catholic priest and theologian, former President of Georgetown University
National Anthem: Lady Gaga, award-winning artist,
performer, businesswoman and activist
Pledge of Allegiance: Andrea Hall, President of the International Association of Firefighters Local 3920 from Fulton County, Georgia.
Vice Presidential Swearing In: Kamala Harris
Presidential Swearing In: The oath is administered by Chief Justice
John Roberts at noon, as designated in the Constitution
Inaugural Address: President Joseph Biden
Musical Performance: Jennifer Lopez, award-winning actress,
singer, dancer, producer, and businesswoman
Poetry Reading: Amanda Gorman, named in 2017 as the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate in the United States by UrbanWord and the Library of Congress.
Benediction: Reverend Dr. Silvester Beaman, Pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Wilmington, Delaware.

Outgoing Vice President Mike Pence is expected to attend, but outgoing President Donald Trump will not, making him the first living president to miss his successor's inauguration since Andrew Johnson in 1869.

Former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, along with respective first ladies Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama, will attend the inauguration, while former President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter cannot, as they are unable to travel.

Also socially-distanced on the stage: The families of the President and VP, congressional leadership, the chairman of the National Governors Association, and senior diplomats. Members of Congress and other dignitaries will be seated on the grounds below.

Pass in Review
1:00pm ET: East Front of the Capitol
In the traditional military ceremony, the President, First Lady, Vice President and Second Gentleman, hosted by the Commander of Joint Task Force-National Capital Region, will review the readiness of the troops, represented by every branch of the military.

(Marianique Santos)

Wreath Laying Ceremony
1:45pm: Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,
Arlington National Cemetery
The wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier will provide the American people with a show of bipartisan unity. The event will honor the nation's brave servicemen and women and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.

Presidential Escort 
2:30pm ET: 15th Street, NW to the White House
The new President, Vice president and their families will be escorted to the White House.

The escorts include The U.S. Army Band, a Joint Service Honor Guard, and the Commander-in-Chief's Guard and Fife and Drum Corps from the 3rd U.S. Infantry "The Old Guard."


President Biden, Vice President Harris and their spouses will be joined in a ceremony by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, and President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton.

Virtual Parade Across America
3:00pm-5:00pm ET
The parade will celebrate America's heroes, highlight Americans from all walks of life in different states and regions, and reflect on the diversity, heritage, and resilience of the country as we begin a new American era.

Celebrating America
8:30pm-10:00pm ET
The star-studded television event, "Celebrating America," will be hosted by beloved Hollywood actor Tom Hanks, with appearances from other notable performers, including Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato, and Ant Clemons.

Tom Hanks will host Inaugural Night

The program will celebrate American heroes who are helping their fellow Americans through this crisis, including frontline workers, health care workers, teachers, citizens giving back, and those who are breaking barriers.

"We have witnessed countless heroes this past year step up to the frontlines and serve their fellow Americans, so we are telling their stories, spreading their collective light, and celebrating the best of our country and its people," said PIC CEO Tony Allen.

President Biden and Vice President Harris will speak during the program, which will celebrate "the diversity of America, the resilience of American democracy, and the unity of the American people."

DemList will keep you informed.

Go to the DemList Presidential Inaugural Calendar for more events and details!
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