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2009 Inaugural Events

‘A New Birth
of Freedom’

“A New Birth of Freedom” commemorates the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth and expresses Lincoln’s hope that the sacrifice of those who died to preserve the nation shall lead to “a new birth of freedom” for it.

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Tickets to the Swearing-In Ceremony are distributed by both Senators and Representatives elected to the 111th Congress.

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Requests to participate in Inauguration day events for marching bands, marching units, mounted units, and other performers are collected by the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee.

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The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) is responsible for all balls hosted in honor of the newly-elected President.

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Only 18 days until Jan. 20, 2009, Inauguration Day.

Platform Construction Photos

See weekly photos of the platform being constructed on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.

Nail Driving Ceremony

See pictures of the ceremony that kicks off the preparation for the inaugural festivities in Washington, D.C.