Crow Nation Horse Mounted Unit to March in Inaugural Parade
By Shannon Gilson
Washington, D.C.: In keeping with its commitment to hold inaugural events
that celebrate our common values and reflect the diversity and
history of our great nation, President-elect Barack Obama and Vice
President-elect Joe Biden's Inaugural Committee officially extended
an offer to the Crow Nation of Montana Horse Mounted Unit to march
in the 56th Inaugural Parade.
Members of the Crow Nation of Montana Horse Mounted Unit will join
representatives from across the country and our Armed Forces in the
historic parade down Pennsylvania Avenue following President-elect
Obama's swearing-in ceremony on the steps of the Capitol.
"I am honored to invite these talented groups and individuals to
participate in the Inaugural Parade," said President-elect Obama.
"These organizations embody the best of our nation's history,
diversity and commitment to service. Vice President-elect Biden and
I are proud to have them join us in the parade."
Organizations wishing to participate in the parade submitted an
application to the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee (AFIC), which
then assisted the Presidential Inaugural Committee in reviewing all
of the groups' applications. All told, 1,382 organizations applied
to participate, setting a new standard for interest in marching in
The Presidential Inaugural Committee was assisted in its selection
process by a group of experienced military musicians, who utilized
their expertise to help assess the presentation skills of marching
bands, musical acts and drill teams.
Two dozen Crow Nation members will ride paint horses single file.
President-elect Obama visited the Crow Nation in Crow Agency, Mont.,
All participants in the Inaugural Parade are responsible for paying
for their own lodging and transportation to and from Washington,
D.C. The Committee has been working closely with area governments
and civic organizations to facilitate access to affordable
accommodations and would like to encourage citizens from across the
country to reach out and help the Crow Nation of Montana Horse
Mounted Unit raise the necessary resources to participate in this
If you are interested in finding out more about supporting the Crow
Nation of Montana Horse Mounted Unit and their participation in the
56th Inaugural Parade, please contact Robert Old Horn, Executive
Assistant to the Chairman of the Crow Nation Robert Venne, at
406-638-3868 or Donald Spotted Tail at 406-638-3717.
Regularly updated information will be provided to the public and the
media on the Presidential Inauguration Committee Web site.
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