India, Jan. 20 -- US President Barack Obama will be sworn in at a ceremony in the White House for his second four-year term on Sunday. A public swearing-in will be held Monday at the US Capitol followed by a parade from the Capitol to the White House. Here is a guide to the main inauguration events. All times are Eastern Time.
Saturday, January 19
** 9:30am National Day of Service Summit to honor the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as part of the presidential inauguration. Speakers include Chelsea Clinton Eva Longoria and Democratic U.S. Representative Tammy Duckworth of Illinois.
** 6pm First lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden wife of Vice President Joe Biden attend children s concert at the Washington Convention Center to celebrate military families.
** 7pm Texas State Society s Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Ball at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center National Harbor Maryland.
** 7:30pm Iowa State Society holds "First in the Nation Celebration" ball at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
** 10pm Blisspop inauguration party at U Street Music Hall featuring electronic music star Moby
Sunday, January 20
** About 8am Vice President Joe Biden is officially sworn into office at his residence at the US Naval Observatory in Washington.
** About 9am President Obama and Vice President Biden participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
** 11:55 am President Obama is officially sworn into office in the Blue Room of the White House.
** 7 pm Celebration of Latino arts and culture at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The event features actress Eva Longoria singer Marc Anthony actor Antonio Banderas San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and US Representative Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts.
Monday, January 21
** 9am Former presidents House of Representatives members senators governors and Cabinet designees begin to arrive at the US Capitol for the public ceremonial inauguration of President Obama and Vice President Biden.
** 9:30am Fifth-grade chorus from Public School 22 in Staten Island New York performs ** 10am US Marine Band performs
** 11:14am First lady Michelle Obama takes her seat
** 11:18am Vice President Joe Biden takes his seat
** 11:20 am President Barack Obama takes his seat
** 11:35am Myrlie Evers-Williams widow of slain civil-rights leader Medgar Evers gives the invocation
** 11:38am The Brooklyn (New York) Tabernacle Choir sings "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"
** 11:46am Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor administers the vice presidential oath of office to Vice President Biden
** 11:50am Singer James Taylor performs "America the Beautiful"
** 11:55am US Chief Justice John Roberts administers the presidential oath of office to President Obama
** 11:56am Trumpets perform "Ruffles and Flourishes" and the US Marine Band performs "Hail to the Chief " followed by a 21-gun salute
** 12pm Obama delivers the inaugural address
** 12:21pm Singer Kelly Clarkson performs "America (My Country Tis of Thee)"
** 12:26pm Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco reads a poem
** 12:30pm Benediction is delivered by the Rev. Luis Leon
** 12:34pm Singer Beyonce sings the national anthem "The Star-Spangled Banner"
** 12:39pm President Obama signs official documents. The Obamas then attend the inauguration luncheon at the Capitol with the Bidens
** 2:32pm Review of the troops
** 2:36pm The Obamas and Bidens begin the inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House
** 6pm Commander-in-chief s inaugural ball at the Washington Convention Center with military personnel and their spouses. The Obamas and Bidens are scheduled to attend.
** 6:30pm Official Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center. The Obamas and Bidens are scheduled to attend.
Tuesday, January 22
** 10:30pm National Prayer Service at the Washington National Cathedral attended by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden
Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.
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