On Mon., Jan. 21, 2013, the world will witness President Barack Obama's swearing in for his second term as leader of the U.S. As the day approaches, a lot of preparations are occurring on the National Mall as the city gets ready to receive hundreds of thousands of people arriving for the 57th inauguration ceremony.
On a very foggy Sunday, work could be seen taking place from one end of the Mall to the other. Also, a dress rehearsal, with stand-ins for the President and Mrs. Obama and other dignitaries, took place. Additionally, a rehearsal of the parade
Plenty of work has been done, but from the looks of things downtown, much setup still needs to be finished before the big day arrives.
In other parts of the National Mall, tents are being constructed, spectator stands, and patriotic decorations placed on buildings. Any visitors to the nation's Capital on Sunday were watching all the activity take place.
Down on the other end of the National Mall was full of activity outside of the White House. There is lots of construction going on down on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Reportedly, the President's second inauguration will not be as large was the first one was
, but it will still be grand. And from the looks of things that are shaping up on the National Mall, it will be.
The public inauguration ceremony will be held Jan. 21 on the west front of the U.S. Capitol. According to Fox News
, authorities expect between 600,000 and 800,000 people to be on the National Mall next Monday. The parade, led by President and Mrs. Obama, will take place after the oath-taking ceremony.