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AIA salutes the more than 2,100 military personnel and related military organizations who will be marching in the 57th Inaugural Parade on Monday, January 21, as well as several NASA astronauts and scientists who will march in the parade alongside a full sized Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle test article and a replica of the Curiosity Mars Rover.
“It is a great tradition that Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen who are representative of the men and women serving their country at home and around the world are featured in the parade,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “I’m very proud that representative marching bands, color guards, salute batteries and honor cordons from the military services will be spotlighted in the parade and other inauguration activities and that NASA will also have a prominent role.”
There are five distinct parade divisions for the inaugural parade and each division is comprised of various elements of the five armed services. Other groups associated with the nation’s defense including the United War Veterans Council, Military Spouses of Michigan and 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment are also participating in the parade. Since the inauguration of Thomas Jefferson in 1805, nearly every Presidential inauguration has featured a parade.