Today is a historic day in the US. It is a time to reflect for a moment about what we are doing here (not just in school, but always and everywhere) and what it means to be a citizen of the United States. For me, the beauty of being an American is that it is a story of constant change and awesome possibilities. No matter where your family is from, or where in the story you get in, it becomes your story; and it becomes your choice as to how you add to that story. You get to be the villain or the hero that you choose to become here.
With that in mind, we will be setting up viewing areas for those interested in seeing the inauguration of Barack Obama today. We will have projectors and screens set up in the LMC and in the auditorium. The LMC is reserved for classes who signed up with Ms. Sasso-Flanagan. I am not sure who is supervising the sign-up for the auditorium – please check with the main office for more information.
For students and teachers who are interested in knowing what the Inauguration Day agenda looks like, it goes as follows:
8 am Gates open for ticketed attendees
10 am Preliminary festivities begin, including music by
The United States Marine Band, The San Francisco Boys Chorus
the San Francisco Girls Chorus
11 am Internet broadcast begins at the Inaugural Committee web site.
11:30 Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks: Senator Dianne Feinstein
Invocation: Dr. Rick Warren
Aretha Franklin will sing
Vice President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn into office
Music composed by John Williams
Noon As specified by the U.S. Constitution (20th Amendment), presidential terms of office begin and end at 12:00 noon on January 20.
12:05 pm President Barack Obama will give his inaugural address, speaking to the nation and world, for the first time, as President of the United States, followed by:
- Poem: Elizabeth Alexander
- Benediction: The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery
- National Anthem: The United States Navy Band “Sea Chanters”
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you all have a great day.