There are only a few days left until Joe Biden‘s inauguration. So, on January 20, the whole world will welcome the new President of the United States of America.
However, the ceremony, which took root in the middle of the 20th century, will be slightly different this time.
“America United” – the theme of the inauguration in 2021
First of all, due to political conflicts and immigration problems, Joe Biden decided to devote his inauguration to the theme of US unity. After all, regardless of political and religious beliefs, nationality, everyone has the same rights and deserves respect.
The committee’s chief executive officer, Tony Allen, says that the ceremony marks a new chapter for the American people:
“It is time to turn the page on this era of division. The inaugural activities will reflect our shared values and serve as a reminder that we are stronger together than we are apart, just as our motto ‘e pluribus unum’ reminds us — out of many, one.”
Moreover, the committee tried to make the composition of the ceremony participants as diverse as possible. For example, Andrea Gol, the first-ever African American president of the International Firefighters Association, will recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Also, in the official celebration, the Invocation will be made by the Jesuit Catholic priest, Leo O’Donovan, while the benediction will be given by the Pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sylvester Beeman. And the 22-year-old American poet Amanda Gorman will read her poetry.
Firstly, the ceremony of the inauguration has a very long and beautiful story in the United States. And although this time promises to be special, some traditions still remain unchanged.
Joe Biden will take the oath in front of the US Capitol overlooking the Mall. This custom was established by Ronald Reagan. Besides, Kamala Harris, the first black and first South Asian American vice-president in American history, will take the vice-presidential oath of office before him.
Furthermore, one of the important moments is the performance of the national anthem of the United States. According to tradition, it is performed by artists – supporters of the newly elected president. For example, at the inauguration of Barack Obama, Beyoncé sang the American anthem. This year, Joe Biden entrusted Lady Gaga with this mission. She actively supported him and Kamala Harris during the election campaign. Jennifer Lopez will also please with her performance at the ceremony.
In addition, due to the restrictions associated with the pandemic, the US authorities are urging Americans to stay at home and watch the ceremony online (on the official website or on social media).
The National Mall, where a large number of people traditionally gather, will be closed to the public. In order to create the effect of presence for the audience, the organizers use a variety of virtual technologies. So, this year you will be able to see a virtual military parade. In addition, the committee will set up an extensive public art display. It will include 191,500 American flags of various sizes and 56 pillars of light.
Finally, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris intend to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery.
Who will attend the ceremony?
Around 1,000 guests are expected to attend the inauguration ceremony. Most of them are members of Congress and their guests.
Moreover, after Joe Biden’s oath, the inaugural committee will release a 90-minute primetime TV special. The show will be hosted by Hollywood actor Tom Hanks.
Besides, Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato, and Ant Clemons will perform during the event.
As for the politicians, this inauguration promise to visit three former presidents: Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.