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U.S. 2017 Presidential Inauguration Guide

Donald Trump will take the oath of office as the 45th president of the United States at noon on Jan. 20, 2017. The Associated Press compiled a style guide of essential words, phrases and definitions. A few terms are from the AP Stylebook. Others are common usage in AP political and historical coverage.

Domed home of the U.S. House and Senate. The swearing-in takes place on a platform built for that purpose on the west front of the Capitol.

Capitol Hill
A neighborhood in Washington and site of the Capitol, several nearby federal buildings that house offices of members of Congress, as well as the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress.

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser

Lowercase adjective for all ceremonies marking the president's new term and as a noun for the address given by the president at his swearing-in.

inaugural address
Trump will deliver the traditional address to the nation after taking the oath of office on Jan. 20. The inaugural address is one of the milestone speeches given by all presidents, along with the annual State of the Union address.

inaugural balls
Three official inaugural balls are planned for Jan. 20, featuring dancing, entertainment and appearances by Trump and his wife, Melania. There are also several unofficial balls and parties, hosted by state delegations and other groups.

inaugural luncheon
Members of Congress toast the president at a luncheon held at National Statuary Hall in the Capitol following the swearing-in ceremony.

inaugural parade
After his inaugural address and the luncheon, Trump will take part in a national processional along Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House, where he will watch the inaugural parade from a secure area.

inaugural platform
The stadium-style stage erected for the inauguration on the west front of the Capitol. It has more than 1,600 seats for members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, governors, military leaders, Cabinet members and nominees, former presidents, and the families of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

Inauguration Day
Capitalize only when referring to the collection of events that include inauguration of a U.S. president; lowercase in other uses: Inauguration Day is Jan. 20. This is the 58th inauguration.

Jackie Evancho
The 16-year-old "America's Got Talent" star will sing the national anthem. Evancho is a Pittsburgh native and a soprano who has performed in Washington at the Independence Day concert "A Capitol Fourth" along with the lighting of the national Christmas tree and the National Prayer Breakfast. In 2010, she was the runner-up on NBC's "America's Got Talent."

Joint Task Force - National Capital Region
Combined command of U.S. armed forces supporting the inaugural. More than 13,000 active duty and reserve troops are involved in the 58th inaugural for parade marching and color guards, traffic and crowd control and medical assistance.

Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies
Responsible for the swearing-in ceremony, inaugural luncheon and review of troops.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir
The 360-member volunteer choir will sing at the inauguration. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spokesman Eric Hawkins says the appearance is a demonstration of support for the office rather than party affiliations or politics.

national anthem
Lowercase. But: "The Star-Spangled Banner."

National Mall
A park in downtown Washington, administered by the National Park Service. Generally, the area between the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol. On second reference: the Mall.

Pence's family
Includes wife, Karen, and children Michael, Charlotte and Audrey

Pennsylvania Avenue
The thoroughfare from the Capitol to the White House, route of the inauguration procession and parade.

Presidential Inaugural Committee
Trump's committee has raised a record $90 million-plus in private donations. Trump officials say any excess money raised will be donated to charity.

presidential oath of office
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Radio City Rockettes
Dance troupe that will perform. The Radio City Music Hall dancers are employed by Madison Square Garden Co.

St. John's Episcopal Church
Located across Lafayette Park from the White House where the president traditionally begins official appearances of Inauguration Day with a morning worship service.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts
Administers the oath of office.

Trump's family
Includes wife, Melania, daughters Ivanka and Tiffany, sons Donald Jr., Eric and Barron. Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump's husband, will have a formal role in the Trump administration as a senior adviser.

Women's March on Washington
Planned for Jan. 21. A number of celebrities and more than 100,000 people are expected for the march one day after the inauguration. More than 150 other marches are planned around the country and world that day.

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