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President, Congress Set Program for Inaugural Ceremony

By Master Sgt. Stephen Barrett, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 1997 – The White House and the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies recently announced the program for President Clinton's second inauguration Jan. 20.

At noon on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, the president will take the oath of office from Chief Justice William Rehnquist. Vice President Albert Gore will take the oath from Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Sen. John Warner of Virginia will make welcoming remarks and Sen. Wendell Ford of Kentucky will introduce the president. The Rev. Billy Graham will give the invocation; the Rev. Gardner C. Taylor, pastor emeritus of the Concord Baptist Church of Christ, Brooklyn, N.Y., will give the benediction.

Also participating are international opera singer Jessye Norman; poet Miller Williams, singer Santita Jackson and the U.S. Marine Band.

Groups performing include the Resurrection Choir, composed of adult members of 10 houses of worship destroyed in the past year by arson. Also slated to sing are the Children of the Gospel: The Next Generation, a youth choir from Washington; and the Immanuel Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra of Little Rock, Ark.

The program, which begins at 11:30 a.m., is as follows:

PRELUDE:                         U.S. Marine Band

CALL TO ORDER/WELCOMING REMARKS  Sen. John Warner, Va.

INVOCATION                       The Rev. Billy Graham

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

MUSICAL SELECTION                Children of the Gospel Choir:

                                   The Next Generation

VICE PRESIDENTIAL OATH OF OFFICE

MUSICAL SELECTION                Jessye Norman

INTRODUCTION OF THE PRESIDENT    Sen. Wendell H. Ford, Ky.

PRESIDENTIAL OATH OF OFFICE

INAUGURAL ADDRESS                President William J. Clinton

MUSICAL SELECTION                Immanuel Baptist Church

                                 Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra

SELECTION                        Miller Williams

BENEDICTION                      The Rev. Gardner Taylor

THE NATIONAL ANTHEM              Santita Jackson and The Resurrection Choir

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