Presidential Inaugurations: "I Do Solemnly Swear"
Every four years, American citizens choose a new leader. Sometimes the incoming president is an incumbent who has served before; other times, Inauguration Day serves as the first moments of a new era and administration. From these ceremonies come faith in the future, reverence for the past, and bated breath for the present as the new president swears to protect the country and the Constitution. Middle and high schoolers compare historic moments and speeches and examine the grand traditions of Inauguration Day with a collection of resources designed to reinforce the importance of peaceful transitions of power on a chilly winter morning.