Much of the construction required for the inauguration of President Lyndon Johnson has been completed in Washington, D.
Much of the construction required for the inauguration of President Lyndon Johnson has been completed in Washington, D.C. Stands and bleachers for the inaugural parade and ceremonies are nearly finished.
The Inauguration, to be held January 20, centers on ceremonies at the Capitol Building where the oath of office will be administered to the President by the Chief Justice. Then there is a parade along Washington's main ceremonial thoroughfare, Pennsylvania Avenue, which runs from the Capitol to the White House.
This year, the emphasis is to be on the nation's present achievements and future goals. There will be a military display, but it will be played down. No large military hardware such as rockets and tanks will rumble down Pennsylvania Avenue as in past inaugurals, and there will be only 6500 troops, less than half the number that took part in the Kennedy inaugural.
The entire ceremony is estimated to cost this year about one and one half million dollars. Some of the cost will be defrayed through the sale of souvenir programs.