History in the making

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By Becky Barnes

There will be balls and soirees. Throngs of people and small groups will all be gathering for one common goal... To welcome a new president and a new era.

On Jan. 20, just one day after the late Dr. Martin Luther King is honored with parades and speeches across the country, the United States will be honoring yet another historic figure.

America’s first African American president will be inaugurated.

At noon on Tuesday, Jan. 20, Barack Obama will become the 44th president of the United States. He will be sworn in as he recites the 36-word oath:

“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of the President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

The  new president will then deliver his inaugural speech and, after much pomp and circumstance, he will be shuttled down Pennsylvania Avenue.

According to the Presidential Inauguration Committee, 5,000 tickets to the parade were sold out the same day they went on sale. If you aren’t a ticket-holder, you aren’t going to view the parade... at least not from the sidelines of Pennsylvania Avenue.

However, there are other options. Across the country televisions will be tuned to the historic event. One such viewing can be made in Cynthiana at Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 205 N. Locust St.

The Rev. Kenneth Newby, pastor at Ebenezer, said the church will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Other church congregations will be joining in the celebration and prayer time.

According to Newby, at 2 p.m., he will present a message centered around the inauguration entitled “Let us move on.”

His message will come from Ecclesiastes.

“It reminds me that there is a time for everything,” Newby said.

Before and after the message, a television will be set up to watch the Washington, D.C., activities.

He said a light snack will also be available during the noon hour.