Jan. 11 (UPI) — The theme of “America United” has been chosen for the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice chairman-elect Kamala Harris, the workforce’s inauguration committee stated Monday.
“This inauguration marks a brand new chapter for the American folks — one among therapeutic, of unifying, of coming collectively, of an America united,” stated Tony Allen, CEO of the Presidential Inaugural Committee in a press release.
“It’s time to flip the web page on this period of division. The inaugural actions will mirror our shared values and function a reminder that we’re stronger collectively than we’re aside, simply as our motto ‘e pluribus unum’ reminds us — out of many, one.”
Biden and Harris shall be sworn in on the west entrance steps of the U.S. Capitol, the identical location at which hundreds of rioters mobbed Capitol police and stormed the constructing Wednesday.
The ceremony shall be stripped down for social distancing and a few inauguration actions shall be digital due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Former presidents Barack Obama, George Bush and Invoice Clinton and their former first girls will attend the ceremony, together with different dignitaries.
President Donald Trump introduced Friday he won’t attend, however Vice President Mike Pence will attend. Former President Jimmy Carter, age 96, and former first girl Rosalynn Carter, 93, won’t attend.
As a result of attendance on the ceremony shall be restricted, the committee plans to put in a public artwork show, “America United: Discipline of Flags” which is able to cowl the Nationwide Mall as much as 13th Road and signify each U.S. state and territory, organizers stated.
After the swearing-in, Biden, Harris, their spouses and the previous U.S. presidents and first girls will journey to Arlington Nationwide Cemetery to put a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Safety in Washington, D.C., has been beefed up within the days main as much as the occasion after the FBI obtained “credible threats” that armed protesters deliberate to ramp up demonstrations protesting Trump’s electoral defeat in Washington and at state capitals round the US.
On Monday, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser requested performing homeland safety Secretary Chad Wolf to “cancel any and all” and “deny any functions” for permits for public conferences and gatherings within the metropolis from Jan. 11 to 24.
“We consider strongly that the 59th Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20 would require a really totally different strategy than earlier inaugurations given the chaos, harm, and demise skilled at the US Capitol through the revolt,” Bowser stated.