Inauguration festivities kicked off with the tradition of laying a wreath on the grave site of an unknown soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on Thursday.
President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence participated in the ceremony, which is intended to honor the fallen heroes who have died without being officially identified.
Also in attendance were President-Elect Trump’s and Vice President-elect Pence’s families, who looked on as they placed the wreath. The entirety of the somber event lasted less than ten minutes.
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Tom Barrack, chair of Trump’s Inaugural committee, told CNN reporters that during the ceremony Trump was “transitioning from candidate to president.”
He continued, “If you look at his eyes at Arlington, you see in that moment, in that anticipation of that peaceful transfer of partisan power, that the rhetoric of the campaign moves aside.”
Watch a video of the ceremony below.
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