Festivities celebrating President-elect Joe Biden’s swearing-in will be organized around the theme “America United,” despite President Trump’s refusal to attend.
Biden’s inaugural committee announced the theme Monday, along with plans for former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton to join Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to lay wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
“This inauguration marks a new chapter for the American people — one of healing, of unifying, of coming together, of an America united,” committee CEO Tony Allen said in a statement. “It is time to turn the page on this era of division.”
The wreath-laying ceremony will follow Biden’s swearing-in and military pass in review at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20. The pass in review and a virtual parade will replace the traditional procession down Pennsylvania Avenue, scrapped this cycle to discourage crowds amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump announced last week he would not attend