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.