Template Email: 3 Ways Your Community can Participate in the Inauguration

January 7, 2021 - (3 min read)

NLC has created a template email below that you can send to your Council, colleagues or community to share the three events the Presidential Inaugural Committee has asked local leaders and communities to participate in. 

Good morning [city/town/village]

The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC), the organization planning the Inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, has asked for the support and participation of [your city/town/village] to help bring Americans together and showcase the strength and resilience of our nation. 

There are three ways to participate in the Inauguration to showcase our incredible community and residents. But let me be clear: participation in all of these events is optional. These are resources from the new Biden administration on what is planned for inauguration. 

Day of Service

On Monday, January 18, the PIC will host a National Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Organizations across the country will host service events that focus on COVID-19 relief and address challenges that have been exacerbated by the pandemic, such as poverty, hunger, racial injustice, homelessness, mental health, and educational disparities. [insert about the great work organizations have done in your community during the pandemic]. You can read more and sign up here. 

COVID Memorial 

The Inauguration will feature a memorial to remember and honor the lives lost to COVID-19 in cities and towns across the country. [Insert data/acknowledgement of lives lost and the fight against the pandemic in your community]. On Tuesday, January 19, at 5:30 p.m. ET, a Washington, D.C. ceremony will feature a historic lighting around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. [Your city/town/village] is invited to join by illuminating buildings and ringing church bells in a national moment of unity and remembrance. Fill out this form if you would like to participate.  

Virtual Parade 

On Wednesday, January 20, President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris will be sworn in as the next President and Vice President of the United States. A virtual parade will follow – featuring America’s diverse, dynamic cities, towns and villages. As we highlight Americans from all walks of life and reflect on the diversity, heritage, and resilience of our country, I hope many of you consider submitting to showcase just how special our community and residents are. To submit a concept for the virtual parade, please fill out this form.   

It has been a trying week in our country, and I am proud of the strength and patience shown in [your city/town/village]. I am forever thankful to be in your service. 

Thank you, 

[Your name and title] 


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