CHICAGO (AP) - President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration will be a four-day event, featuring the traditional balls plus a national day of service to honor Martin Luther King's holiday.
The theme is "Renewing America's Promise."
Obama's aides on Wednesday released a preliminary schedule for the events that are expected to draw millions of visitors to Washington to witness the swearing in of the country's first black president. The schedule also includes a national prayer service the day after Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden take office on Jan. 20.
Obama says in a statement that the events are designed to renew Americans' faith in their country. He says he hopes the events unify the country amid its economic struggles.
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