Captain Andrea Hall, a member of the South Fulton Fire Rescue Department, will deliver the Pledge of Allegiance at the 59th Inaugural Ceremonies on January 20, when Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris will be sworn in as President and Vice President of the United States.
Captain Hall is the President of the International Association of Firefighters Local 3920 and a career firefighter with 28 years of dedicated service. She has served in the City of South Fulton Fire and Rescue Department and Fulton County Fire and Rescue Department since 1999. In 2004, she became the first African American woman in the county’s history to be promoted to the rank of Fire Captain.
The announcement of the inauguration participants was made today by the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC). Father Leo J. O’Donovan will deliver the invocation, Lady Gaga will sing the National Anthem, Amanda Gorman will deliver a poetry reading, Jennifer Lopez will deliver a musical performance and Reverend Dr. Silvester Beaman will close with the benediction.
“We are thrilled to announce an inspired group of dynamic participants for the 59th Inaugural Ceremonies. They represent one clear picture of the grand diversity of our great nation and will help honor and celebrate the time-honored traditions of the presidential inauguration as President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris take the oath of office on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. They are also committed to the President-elect and the Vice-President-elect’s steadfast vision of a new chapter in our American story in which we are an America united in overcoming the deep divisions and challenges facing our people, unifying the country, and restoring the soul of our nation,” said PIC CEO Tony Allen.
Over the course of five days of programming, “America United” activities will honor inaugural traditions while safely allowing more Americans than ever before to participate from their own homes. These activities include, “United We Serve,” a National Day of Service on January 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day; a nationwide COVID-19 Memorial to Lives Lost on January 19; and the official Inaugural Ceremonies, a wreath laying on Arlington National Cemetery, and a “Parade Across America,” and a “Celebrating America” primetime program on January 20. The PIC will also install an extensive public art display — a “Field of Flags,” which will cover the National Mall up to 13th Street — to represent the American people who are unable to travel to Washington, DC.
Photo: Captain Andrea Hall