Today is a history-making day, no matter what your view of politics is! I plan to turn on the inauguration and count it as "school." The guide of what is happening below was helpful to me, so I thought I would post it here.
I plan to go over what will be happening with my kids before we turn it on, along with a brief explanation of what the inauguration is and why this is historical. This dovetails nicely with MLK day and our discussions of Martin Luther King's dream speech-- and how today marks a part of his dream coming true.
Full Schedule for Inaugural Ceremony Announced
The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies announced today the schedule for the swearing in of President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joseph Biden on Jan. 20.
The ceremony traditionally begins around 10 a.m. and lasts for about two hours. Obama must be sworn in by noon.
The schedule is as follows:
Musical Selections: The United States Marine Band
Musical Selections: The San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus
Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks: The Honorable Dianne Feinstein
Invocation: Dr. Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA
Musical Selection: Aretha Franklin
Oath of Office Administered to Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
By Associate Justice of the Supreme Court The Honorable John Paul Stevens
Musical Selection: John Williams, composer/arranger
Itzhak Perlman, Violin
Yo-Yo Ma, Cello
Gabriela Montero, Piano
Anthony McGill, Clarinet
Oath of Office Administered to President-elect Barack H. Obama By the Chief Justice of the United StatesThe Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr.
Inaugural Address The President of the United States, The Honorable Barack H. Obama
Poem: Elizabeth Alexander (Click on this link to read more about her-- I really like the poem they included.)
Benediction: The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery
The National Anthem: The United States Navy Band "Sea Chanters"
How do you plan to mark today? Don't forget to visit Krispy Kreme for a free donut, if nothing else!
And for all of you who don't live in the US, sorry this doesn't directly pertain to you! I love having readers abroad-- but I forget how "local" I can be in my writing. So forgive all references to grits, warm weather, and frequent use of the word "y'all."