Today, the US would get its 46th President and 49th Vice President with the swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Joe Biden and his deputy Kamala Harris. The ceremony will begin with singing of the national anthem and an invocation followed by poetry recitation, musical performances and a benediction ceremony.
Health is the top priority
The swearing-in ceremony will take place amid the pandemic that has infected over 2.4 crore people and claimed lives of 3.9 lakh patients. According to the official website bideninaugural.com, the priority will be to keep people healthy while following the inaugural traditions of America.
Since health is the only priority, the inaugural ceremony will have limited footprint. The “Parade Across America” will be televised for people. It will feature diverse and dynamic performances by noted actors and artists including Olympic athletes and everyday American heroes.
Pass in Review
The long-standing military tradition of Pass in Review will follow the swearing-in ceremony of the President-elect and the Vice President. Attended by President-elect, First Lady, Vice President-elect, and Second Gentleman, the Pass in Review reflects the peaceful transfer of power to the new Commander-in-Chief.
Wreath laying ceremony
Joe Biden, Dr Jill Biden, Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff will lay wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Arlington National Cemetery. They will be accompanied by several former presidents. After this ceremony, Joe Biden will receive a Presidential Escort from 15th street to White House. The escort will include every branch of the military.