Donald Trump inauguration ceremony: A step-by-step guide1 min read . Updated: 19 Jan 2017, 06:34 PM IST
Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony will begin at 1130am US eastern time (10.00pm IST) on Friday
New Delhi: Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th US President replacing Barack Obama on Friday noon at US Eastern Standard Time. Trump’s inauguration comes ten weeks after the Republican nominee stunned rival Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton and the world by winning the election. The inauguration ceremony includes the swearing in as well as an inaugural address by the new president.
Here is a step-by-step guide to the inaugural ceremony:
■ The actual process begins on Thursday with a wreath-laying ceremony at 3pm EST on Thursday (1.30am IST on Friday) at Arlington National Cemetery, kicking off the inaugural events. Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence will be in attendance, laying a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknowns.
■ A “Make America Great Again!" welcome ceremony will begin at 4pm EST (2.30pm IST) at the Lincoln Memorial, which will include musical performances and an appearance from Trump. The event will include performances and appearances from Toby Keith, Jon Voight, Jennifer Holliday, the Piano Guys, Lee Greenwood, DJ Ravidrums, 3 Doors Down, and the Frontmen of Country.
■ The official swearing-in ceremony occurs on the steps in front of the Capitol and will begin at 11.30am EST (1000pm Indian Standard Time) on Friday 20 January where Trump will take the oath of office and make his inaugural address to the nation.
■ Chief Justice John Roberts of the US Supreme Court will administer the oath on the steps of the United States Capitol Building.
■ It is customary for the outgoing president to attend the inauguration of the incoming president, however, it is not compulsory. Former presidents George W Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter will be attending along with their wives, the former first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton and Rosalynn Carter.
■ Trump and Hillary Clinton will come face-to-face for the first time since she lost a bitter election campaign.
■ A departure ceremony for President Obama as his family will be held.
■ The Trump inauguration will be followed by a traditional Congressional luncheon and the newly sworn in president will take part in the inaugural parade. His motorcade will travel down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House, with well wishers and protesters lining the streets.
■ The White House will be occupied by Donald Trump and the new First Lady on Friday evening itself.