Most unconventional inauguration in US history
By Tami Stevenson
The Presidential Inaugural Committee asked that Americans stay home and celebrate virtually for inauguration day this year, due to the widespread accusations of a stolen election amid extensive rioting and violence throughout the United States.
It is reported that 2,000 National Guard Troops in DC were sworn in as Special Deputy US Marshals. National Guard troops were deployed not only to the Capitol in Washington D.C., but to state capitols throughout the country to assist local law enforcement as authorities braced for violence, not only on inauguration day, but the entire weekend and days that lead up to what resembled events in another country (not so far away anymore).
This is, sadly, the most unconventional and unusual inauguration in our nation’s history. In place of the tens of thousands of Americans that normally attend to watch the rich pageantry, orchestras, parade, impressive formal activities and ceremonies, there were COVID-19 masks, barricades and armed forces that paved the way for the 46th president of the United States.
Biden’s inaugural speech is expected to be focused on unifying the nation and offering hope to the challenges ahead, if his agenda is embraced.
The entire inauguration, along with a “virtual parade” showcasing communities across the country was scheduled to be televised.
According to the Presidential Inaugural Committee, after being sworn in, the president typically goes on a ceremonial parade down Pennsylvania Avenue from the U.S. Capitol to the White House. This year, the Bidens are scheduled to arrive at the White House with a presidential escort consisting of representatives from every branch of the military. The virtual parade was scheduled to begin at approximately 3 p.m. Visit the website of the Presidential Inauguration Committee for more information.