Obama urges participation in National Day of Service

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The president, first lady, vice president and other senior members of the administration will participate in the National Day of Service on Jan. 19, the Saturday before Obama is sworn in for his second term.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) and the White House are promoting the Day of Service, inviting citizens nationwide to participate in local events by looking up opportunities and organizations on the PIC website.

The Obama family has participated in a community service project in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day for the past few years.

This year, president's private swearing-in takes place Jan. 20, but the public event and parade will occur Jan. 21, which happens to be the holiday. The committee has highlighted King’s legacy as another reason to participate in the service day.

The committee has been busy on social media since its launch last month, sharing bits of trivia from past presidential inaugurations and highlighting participants in the inaugural parade, photos from construction of the stage on the Capitol steps and safety tips for the big day.