- - Friday, January 13, 2017

Want to hear Tony and Grammy Award-winner Jennifer Holliday belt out a gospel song with the Lincoln Memorial as a backdrop?

How about Lee Greenwood, whose “God Bless the USA” stirs the soul as a national anthem in and of itself?

And what about Yonkers, New York-born “Midnight Cowboy” Jon Voight, who writes his own scripts on politics and, yes, Hollywood?

Catch all three. Before the 58th presidential inauguration swearing-in ceremonies. On the National Mall.

The best part? No tickets needed.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Friday that two special events are scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 19 — Voices of the People and Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration.

“President-elect [Donald] Trump has made it clear that this inaugural is of, by, and for the American people. The 58th Inaugural will celebrate American history and heritage, while setting the course to a brighter and bolder future for all Americans,” said Chairman Tom Barrack. “Above all, it will serve as tribute to one of our greatest attributes, the peaceful transition of partisan power.”

It’s fitting, too, that the free event is being held on the Mall, of course.

But let’s get to the nonpartisan lineup, which includes the D.C. Fire Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, King’s Academy Honor Choir, the Republican Hindu Coalition, Montgomery Area High School Marching Band, Marlana Van Hoose, Maury NJROTC Color Guard, Pride of Madawaska, Webelos Troop 177, Northern Middle School Honors Choir, American Tap Company, South Park and District Pipe Band, Everett High School Viking Marching Band, TwirlTasTix Baton Twirling, and Celtic United Pipes and Drums.

After those treats, come Messrs. Voight and Greenwood, as well as country songman Toby Keith and a tribute by military bands to our nation’s armed forces. There will be plenty of fireworks as a star-spangled punctuation mark.

If you want free commemorative tickets, click here.

If you can’t make it to the nation’s capital, no worries. The program, including remarks by President-elect Trump, is scheduled for network broadcasting.

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