When will Miamians appear at Monday’s Inauguration ceremony?

 

Two Cuban-Americans from Miami will play significant roles at Monday’s Inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Up first is Miami-raised poet Richard Blanco who will read his original inaugural poem.

He will appear on the national broadcast after singer Kelly Clarkson performs, likely sometime between noon and 1 p.m.

Immediately following Blanco will be Cuban-born Rev. Luis Leon, a veteran of Operation Pedro Pan, who will give the benediction.

Here’s a quick glance at the Inauguration schedule:

•  11:30 a.m. The ceremonial swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill begins.

• Musical selections for the U.S. Marine Band; PS 22 in Staten Island, N.Y.; and Lee University Festival Choir from Cleveland, Tenn.

•  Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the JCCIC, gives welcoming remarks.

• Myrlie Evers-Williams gives invocation

• The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir performs

• Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor administers the oath of office to Vice President Biden.

• James Taylor performs

• Chief Justice John Roberts swears in Obama.

• Obama gives his inaugural address.

• Kelly Clarkson performs.

•  Miami Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco reads his original inaugural poem.

•  Benediction by the Cuban-born Rev. Luis Leon of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. Leon is an Operation Pedro Pan veteran.

• Beyoncé sings the National Anthem.

•  The Obamas, Bidens, members of Congress and guests have lunch in Statuary Hall in the Capitol building.

•  2:35 p.m. The Inaugural Parade begins.

•  6 p.m. The commander in chief’s Inaugural Ball, honoring members of the military, kicks-off at the Washington Convention Center.

•  6:30 p.m. The Inaugural Ball, for Obama's supporters, begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Washington Convention Center.

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