If you primarily watch mainstream news media, you likely think that the only people planning to attend the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump next week are his family, protestors and security. That could not be further from the truth.
On January 20, nearly a million everyday citizens are expected to watch the President-elect live as he is sworn in as our country’s next president. Millions more will be watching from home and work on television and on the internet. While many liberals will no doubt be in mourning that day, millions of other Americans will be celebrating and teaching their children about the iconic, peaceful transition of power that is among the foundations of our country’s framework.
The mainstream media have been quick to point out when celebrities have reportedly refused to perform at inaugural events next week. But other celebrities have committed to performing including Cowboy Troy, Big & Rich and Jackie Evancho. The Hollywood Reporter noted Friday that more performers are still being added to the list.
Musical acts Toby Keith, Jennifer Holliday and 3 Doors Down will perform at a pre-inauguration concern on the eve of Trump’s inauguration. Actor Jon Voight, one of the most high-profile conservatives in Hollywood, will also reportedly attend the event whose theme is “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration.”
The event will be held at the Lincoln Memorial. Inaugural Committee chairman Tom Barrack said that “President-elect Trump has made it clear that this inaugural is of, by, and for the American people. The 58th Inaugural will celebrate American history and heritage, while setting the course to a brighter and bolder future for all Americans.” In addition to the star-studded performances, the event will also include military band performances and a traditional fireworks show.
“Above all,” Barrack said, “it will serve as tribute to one of our greatest attributes, the peaceful transition of patrician power.”
It is not known at this time, if Toby Keith will perform his hit post-9/11 song “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue.” It would certainly be fitting following this past election season.