Thousands converge in Washington to attend Donald Trump inauguration

'The Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration' will take place following Voices of the People and will be broadcast live to the nation from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

By: PTI | Washington | Updated: January 18, 2017 10:54 am
US President-elect Donald Trump (File Photo) US President-elect Donald Trump (File Photo)

Thousands of people including many Indian-Americans are converging in Washington to attend US President-elect Donald Trump’s swearing-in ceremony themed ‘Make America Great Again’. Trump will be sworn-in as the 45th US President on January 20 using two Bibles: the one that former President Abraham Lincoln used at his first inauguration, plus his own that dates back to the President-elect’s childhood. Trump’s Bible was presented to him by his mother upon his graduation of Sunday Church Primary School at First Presbyterian Church, Jamaica, New York, on Children’s Day on June 12, 1955. The celebrations around Trump’s inauguration beginning tomorrow has been organised around the theme ‘Make America Great Again’ which not only caught the imagination of the Americans during the grilling election campaign, but also propelled Trump to victory.

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An unprecedented security has been put in place to thwart any untoward incident. Outgoing US President Barack Obama on Tuesday reviewed the preparedness. “We are going to see a just unbelievable tremendous outpouring of support for him,” the incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters during a conference call on Tuesday. “The president(-elect) has been just overwhelmed by the amount of support and outpouring of people that want to participate in some way with this ‘historic inauguration’,” Spicer said in response to a question.

While Trump supporters in Washington DC have already started a series of events ahead of the Friday inauguration, official events would kick off on Thursday with the wreath-laying ceremony by Trump and the vice president-elect Mike Pence at the Arlington National Cemetery. The historic National Mall would also be the venue of celebrations. On the footsteps of the Lincoln Memorial, scores of artists from across the country would perform before thousands of supporters of Trump.

Voices of the People will feature groups from the hundreds of applications received by the Presidential Inaugural Committee to take part in inaugural festivities. Prominent among those participating are King’s Academy Honor Choir, the Republican Hindu Coalition, Pride of Madawaska, Webelos Troop 177, American Tap and Celtic United Pipes and Drums. ‘The Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration’ will take place following Voices of the People and will be broadcast live to the nation from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

It will feature historic remarks from Trump and special appearances from Toby Keith, Jon Voight, Jennifer Holliday, The Piano Guys, Lee Greenwood, RaviDrums, 3 Doors Down, and The Frontmen of Country (featuring Tim Rushlow, former lead singer of “Little Texas”, Larry Stewart of “Restless Heart” and Richie McDonald of “Lonestar”). The celebration will also feature the participation of military bands and a fireworks show by Grucci at the conclusion. “This celebration will combine a diverse group of performers and is the official kick-off to the inaugural events. The concert will include an appearance by the President-elect Trump,” a media release said.

Trump and Pence will be sworn in to office on the west front of the United States Capitol. Joining them will be their families, members of Congress, the US Supreme Court, Diplomatic Corps and other distinguished invited guests. A diverse set of faith leaders will offer readings and prayers at the swearing-in. Those offering readings and giving the invocation at the ceremony are Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, Reverend Dr Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, and Pastor Paula White of New Destiny Christian Centre.

Additionally, Rabbi Marvin Hier, Dean and Founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Reverend Franklin Graham of Samaritan’s Purse and The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and Bishop Wayne T Jackson of Great Faith Ministries International will offer readings and give the benediction. After the inauguration, Trump and the First Lady would drive down including some walk to the White House. Before entering the White House later in the afternoon they would watch a parade. “The parade is a favourite tradition for families and supporters from all over the country to see our nation’s new President, Vice President and their families make their way down Pennsylvania Avenue followed by parade participants,” a media release said.

There will be more than 8,000 parade participants representing 40 organisations including high school and university marching bands, equestrian corps, first responders, and veterans groups. Later in the evening, the new President and the First Lady would celebrate the inaugural ceremony by attending an official inaugural ball. On January 21, the National Prayer Service will be held at Washington National Cathedral and will include representatives of all religious faiths for a time of prayer and fellowship.

‘Liberty and Freedom:  The Official Presidential Inaugural Balls’ will also feature special appearances from Sam Moore, Tim Rushlow and his Big Band, Silhouettes, The Rockettes, Pelican212, The Piano Guys, Circus 1903, Cache Olson, Lexi Walker and Erin Boheme. ‘The Salute to Our Armed Services Ball’ will feature special performances from Tony Orlando and Josh Weathers. Since 1809, the inaugural balls have been an opportunity for Americans from every corner of the country to visit Washington DC to honour the newly sworn-in President and Vice President.

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  1. Sharon Dale
    Jan 19, 2017 at 4:56 am
    Washington rehes ahead of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th president of the United States.
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      Niveditha Rao
      Jan 19, 2017 at 6:04 am
      Washington prepares for Trump's inauguration.
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        Raju
        Jan 18, 2017 at 7:00 am
        Bible Verses about a Nation, Leadership and being a good Citizenlt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;BIBLE VERSES:lt;br/gt;ABOUT A NATIONlt;br/gt;“A nation without God's guidance is a nation without order. Happy are those who keep God's law!” Proverbs 29:18 (Today’s English Version)lt;br/gt;“A nation will prosper when its ruler is mature, and its leaders don't party too much.” Ecclesiastes. 10:17 (Contemporary English Version)lt;br/gt;“When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily; but with honest, sensible leaders there is stability.” Proverbs 28:2 (The Living Bible)lt;br/gt;ABOUT LEADERSHIPlt;br/gt;“Without wise leadership, a nation falls; with many counselors, there is safety.” Proverbs 11:14 (New Living Translation)lt;br/gt;“Leadership gains authority and respect when the voiceless poor are treated fairly.” Proverbs 29:14 (The Message Translation)lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;“Good leaders abhor wrongdoing of all kinds; sound leadership has a moral foundation.” Proverbs 16:12 (The Message Translation)lt;br/gt;“A leader of good judgment gives stability.” Proverbs 29:4 (The Message Translation)lt;br/gt;“It's the men who walk straight who will settle this land, the women with integrity who will last here.” Proverbs 2:21 (The Message Translation)lt;br/gt;“When good people run things, everyone is glad.” Proverbs 29:2 (The Message Translation)
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          Raju
          Jan 18, 2017 at 6:52 am
          Bible Verses about a Nation, Leadership and being a good Citizenlt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;BIBLE VERSES:lt;br/gt;ABOUT A NATIONlt;br/gt;“A nation without God's guidance is a nation without order. Happy are those who keep God's law!” Proverbs 29:18 (Today’s English Version)lt;br/gt;“A nation will prosper when its ruler is mature, and its leaders don't party too much.” Ecclesiastes. 10:17 (Contemporary English Version)lt;br/gt;“When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily; but with honest, sensible leaders there is stability.” Proverbs 28:2 (The Living Bible)lt;br/gt;ABOUT LEADERSHIPlt;br/gt;“Without wise leadership, a nation falls; with many counselors, there is safety.” Proverbs 11:14 (New Living Translation)lt;br/gt;“Leadership gains authority and respect when the voiceless poor are treated fairly.” Proverbs 29:14 (The Message Translation)lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;“Good leaders abhor wrongdoing of all kinds; sound leadership has a moral foundation.” Proverbs 16:12 (The Message Translation)lt;br/gt;“A leader of good judgment gives stability.” Proverbs 29:4 (The Message Translation)lt;br/gt;“It's the men who walk straight who will settle this land, the women with integrity who will last here.” Proverbs 2:21 (The Message Translation)lt;br/gt;“When good people run things, everyone is glad.” Proverbs 29:2 (The Message Translation)lt;br/gt;ABOUT BEING GOOD CITIZENSlt;br/gt;“Makes Jesus your Lord proud of you by being good citizens. Respect the authorities, whatever their level; they are God's emissaries for keeping order. It is God's will that by doing good, you might cure the ignorance of fools... Exercise your freedom by serving God, not by breaking the rules. Treat everyone you meet with dignity. Love your spiritual family. Revere God. Respect the government.” 1 Peter 2:13-17 (The Message Translation)lt;br/gt;“Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it's God's order. So live responsibly as a citizen.” Romans 13:1 (The Message Translation)lt;br/gt;“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chron. 7:14 (New International Version)lt;br/gt;“1 I urge, then, first of all, that peions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior…” -1 Timothy 2:1-3lt;br/gt;We live in an age of political spite. Even seemingly devout Christians have decided it’s okay to bash our nation’s leaders with reckless abandon. “I know I’m supposed to love our president, but…” or “I can’t wait to get those politicians (choose your party) out of office in the next election!” Yet these atudes are directly opposed to God’s plan regarding our Christian view of our nation’s leaders.lt;br/gt;First and foremost, the apostle Paul in 1 Timothy 2 commands us to pray for our governing leaders. In fact, just about every possible word for pray was used to communicate this truth. Further, we are not to pray for their demise. We are told that we pray in order that “we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” What does this mean? We pray for our leaders so we will live in stable society that allows us to focus on worshiping God.lt;br/gt;Yes, we are also called in other places to pray for the salvation of others and for the wisdom of our leaders. These areas are also important. The key is to pray, not attack our nation’s leaders, whether verbally or otherwise. And lest we forget, Paul wrote these words under the reign of King Nero, a fellow historically much more difficult to live under than any president in America’s history.lt;br/gt;When it comes to our governing leaders, God’s Word speaks clearly on where we are to begin–in prayer.
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            khaliqsharif
            Jan 18, 2017 at 5:46 am
            HOW MANY PRESIDENTS WANT TO MAKE "AMERICA" a GREAT COUNTRY! Are they doubtful about their 'SUPERIORITY'? Now you cannot make the world FOOL again and again! 'EITHER YOU ARE OR NOT' That's it.
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