STATEMENT OF CONGRESSMAN RICHARD E. NEALON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S INAUGURATION CEREMONYAND RECOGNITION OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY
(WASHINGTON) Congressman Richard E. Neal released the following statement on President Obama's Inauguration Ceremony tomorrow and the commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
"In less than 24 hours, Barack Obama will begin his second term as our nation's 44th president when he will be sworn-in during a public celebration on the West Front of the United States Capitol Building. The Constitution required him to take an additional oath from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts at a private ceremony in the White House earlier today. When he steps to the podium tomorrow, President Obama will place his left hand on Bibles once owned by Abraham Lincoln and the Rev. Martin King Jr. The inspirational choice of Bibles highlights the influence both President Lincoln and Dr. King have had in Obama's life, and is a direct acknowledgement of the extraordinary role both men played in the history of our country. It is also a reminder that the anniversaries of the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington are being observed in 2013. The 57th Presidential Inaugural will be a historic and exciting occasion when America witnesses the peaceful transition of power, and President Obama shares his vision for the future. I am very pleased that so many friends and supporters from western Massachusetts have made the trip to the nation's capital to take part in the festivities.
Tomorrow is also the federal holiday when we honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. A non-violent champion of equal rights and social justice, the remembrance of Dr. King's birthday is now designated as a national day of service. Millions of Americans who are inspired by his message of peace, hope and equality will participate in events promoting community service. In many communities across western Massachusetts, observations are being held to honor the memory of a man who helped change the nation for the better. I applaud all those in the region who are taking time tomorrow to remember Dr. King by helping others," said Congressman Richard E. Neal.