Pre-Inaugural Ceremonies

January 18, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
On Tuesday Barack Obama will become our nation's first African-American president, but Sunday he's taking part in some pre-inaugural ceremonies, starting with a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.The nation's next first family is in Washington, kicking off Inauguration festivities before Tuesday's swearing in.

Speeding toward history, Barack Obama gained momentum on a train ride that partially followed Lincoln's own journey to the nation's capitol more than a century ago. The president-elect started in Philadelphia, the country's political birthplace, and then moved on to Delaware. That's where he picked up his running mate, Vice President Joe Biden.

Before a jam packed crowd, Barack Obama said solving new challenges will happen by tapping into America's centuries old values of hard work and perseverance. "American dream feels like it's slipping away, we have been touched by your dreams, we will fight for you every single day."

Amtrak's most famous commuter, Delaware's former Senior Senator Joe Biden, promised to fight for Americans every day they're in Washington. "We can and we will restore the middle class. We can and we will regain the respect in the world. We can and we will change this nation. "

Along the way, thousands of bundled up Americans braved freezing temperatures, hoping to catch a glimpse of Barack Obama, and history.

Stay with ABC 30 and ABC30.com on Tuesday for complete coverage of Barack Obama's inauguration.

Beginning at 4:00am there will be a special edition of Good Morning America. Then at 5:00am you can watch Action News AM Live. From 7:00am until 2:00pm we will have live coverage of inauguration 2009 followed by a special edition of World News at 4:00pm.

ABC30.com will be streaming live coverage from 6:00am until 7:00pm.

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