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2009 Presidential Inaugural Parade Press Release

2009 Presidential Inaugural Parade Press Release

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Presidential Inaugural Parade to Include Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Alumni
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDecember 11, 2008Presidential Inaugural Parade to Include Peace Corps & AmeriCorps AlumniCommitment to Community Service Highlighted by Parade Participants, National Dayof ServiceWASHINGTON - Today, in keeping with its commitment to hold inaugural events thatcelebrate our common values and reflect our nation's history of community service,President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden's InauguralCommittee officially extended an offer to the Peace Corps Community and AmeriCorpsAlums to march in the 56th Inaugural Parade. Members of these serviceorganizations will join representatives from across the country and our ArmedForces in the historic parade down Pennsylvania Avenue following President-electObama's swearing-in ceremony on the steps of the Capitol."These organizations embody the best of our nation's history, diversity andcommitment to service," said President-elect Obama. "Vice President-elect Bidenand I are proud to have them join us in the parade."On Monday, January 19th, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the President-elect and VicePresident-elect and their families will join Americans across the nation as theyparticipate in activities dedicated to serving others in their communities. In1994, Congress passed legislation designating the Martin Luther King, Jr. holidayas a national day of community service, and the Presidential Inaugural Committeewill be working to encourage participation in service projects nationwide to honorthe legacy of Dr. King..Organizations wishing to participate in the parade submitted an application to theArmed Forces Inaugural Committee (AFIC), which then assisted the PresidentialInaugural Committee in reviewing all of the groups' applications. All told, 1,382organizations applied to participate, setting a new standard for interest inmarching in the parade.The Peace Corps Community will include members who served with the corps in the1960s to the present. Marchers will carry the flags of the countries that PeaceCorps have served over the years. AmeriCorps Alums will include some of themillions of alumni of national service in this country since John F. Kennedy'scall to service and the conception of VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) in1961.In addition to these groups, a number of other parade participants alsoparticipate in active community service programs. For instance, the Boy Scouts ofAmerica Troop 358 from Philadelphia has been serving members of their communityfor over 55 years, the Jesse White Tumbling Team from Illinois was founded in 1959to create "hope" for troubled youth, and the Warren County Sheriff's OfficePrevention Partnership from Kentucky raises and distributes money to communitygroups and programs that help kids stay away from drugs and violence.The Presidential Inaugural Committee was assisted in its selection process by agroup of experienced military musicians, who utilized their expertise to helpassess the presentation skills of marching bands, musical acts and drill teams.All participants in the Inaugural Parade are responsible for paying for their ownlodging and transportation to and from Washington, D.C. The Committee has beenworking closely with area governments and civic organizations to facilitate accessto affordable accommodations and would like to encourage citizens from across the

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