Biden and Harris Investiture: Schedule of Events ~ #REUTERS:

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Joe Biden is sworn in on Wednesday in Washington, a historic day with strict protocol whose intensity will peak at noon when he officially becomes the 46th President of the United States.

Overnight at Blair House

The President-elect and his wife, Jill, will spend the night on Tuesday evening at Blair House, the official residence of the US President’s foreign guests, located opposite the White House on the outskirts of Place Lafayette.

Religious office

On the morning of January 20, Joe Biden will attend a mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, patron saint of public servants, in Washington. He invited the leaders of both houses of Congress: Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer and Republicans Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell. This Mass “is an important part of respecting tradition,” Senator Chris Coons told CNN, a close friend of Mr. Biden who is a devout Catholic.

Taking the oath

The president-elect will then travel by convoy to the Capitol where the inauguration ceremony will begin at 11:00 am local time (4:00 pm GMT) on a large platform set up in front of the vast esplanade of the “National Mall”.

The national anthem will be sung by pop star Lady Gaga. Singer Jennifer Lopez will also perform a “musical performance”.

Joe Biden and his vice president Kamala Harris will be sworn in at 12:00 p.m. (5:00 p.m. GMT), then the president will make his inaugural address in which he must assert his vision to “beat the pandemic, better rebuild and unify and heal the nation” according to the committee organization.

Wreath laying in Arlington

In the early afternoon, Joe Biden will travel to Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, along with former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton and of their wives. He will return in convoy to the capital.

Entrance on foot

The convoy must stop a few tens of meters from the White House to let Joe Biden enter on foot and surrounded by a military escort. It was there that he had to sign his first presidential decrees in the afternoon.

TV evening

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will address the nation during a special show presented by American comedian Tom Hanks and broadcast on all major American channels from 8:30 p.m.

Entitled “To Celebrate America”, it will have many musical guests like Jon Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake and Luis Fonsi, among others.

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Source: Reuters-VOA.

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