2009 Armed Forces Inaugural Committee

Tom Hanks recites the orchestral work “Lincoln Portrait,” written by Aaron Copland, at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 2009, during the inaugural opening ceremonies. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington’s 1789 inauguration.(DoD photo by Yeoman 1st Class Donna Lou Morgan, U.S. Navy/ Released)

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