January 20, 2021: Presidential Inauguration

Last Updated on January 20, 2021 by Cass County Online

Today is Inauguration Day and Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States just after noon.

A departure ceremony for President Donald J. Trump is scheduled to begin around 8 a.m. at Joint Base Andrews. President Trump delivered a farewell address by video Tuesday afternoon.

In 1937, Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first U.S. president sworn in in January.

The Constitution established March 4 as Inauguration Day, but the date was moved to January 20 with the passage of the Twentieth Amendment in 1933.

President-elect Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris will take the oaths of office at the U.S. Capitol just after noon.

A wreath laying at Arlington National Cemetery is expected to begin after 2 p.m., followed by a Presidential Escort to the White House after 3 p.m.

Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence will travel to Columbus, Indiana and are expected to thank friends and longtime supporters there around 2:45 p.m.

A virtual “Parade Across America” is scheduled to take place at 3:15 p.m. and will feature performances in communities in all 56 states and territories. Indiana will be represented by Culver Academies.

Tom Hanks will host the “Celebrating America” primetime special at 8:30 p.m.

A Virtual Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 21.

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