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"I'm very proud to be a fife instrumentalist.. it's an honor to be marching in the inauguration and I'm absolutely thrilled, " he says.
The elite group performs in uniforms patterned after those worn by the musicians of Gen. George Washington's Continental Army. They are part of the cermonial "Old Guard" unit that also conducts various memorials around Washington.
Uniforms worn by the members of the Corps are dated circa 1781, and consist of black tricorn hats, white wigs, waistcoats, colonial coveralls, and red regimental coats.
"I remember watching the inauguration four years ago and never imagined I'd be marching in this one," Scirri says.
Erie County Democratic Party Chair Jeremy Zellner arrived for parties Sunday night, and leads a delegation of approx. 100 from the Greater Buffalo area.
"We're going to have seats not too far away, and within sight of the president," Zellner said.
When the president sits down for his inaugural luncheon today, he will do so in front of a 1856 Ferdinand Richardt painting of Niagara Falls, selected by NY Sen. Chuck Schumer, and on loan from the State Dept's collection and former NY Senator Hillary Clinton.
The painting will be displayed in National Statuary Hall, where the luncheon is held, immediately behind the head table. The guests at the head table include President and Mrs. Obama, Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden, Chairman and Mrs. Schumer, Senator and Mrs. Alexander, and Speaker of the House and Mrs. Boehner.
“Showcasing Richardt’s oil painting of Niagara Falls during the Inaugural Luncheon shines a spotlight on one of New York’s most majestic attractions and will bring a wave of admiration for Western New York after the President’s historic swearing-in,” said Schumer in a prepared statement.
And as part of the various displays to take advantage of the inauguration crowd, Chef Jim Malley from Buffalo Public School's Culinary Training Program was showing off his products from Lewiston Jellies, showcasing New York State Grape Products.
The nation will honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday - the same day as it celebrates the inauguration of the first black president to his second term.
A quirk in the calendar pushed President Barack Obama's public swearing-in in Washington onto the national holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader.
WBEN's Steve Cichon & John Zach with memories of Martin Luther King Jr.
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