The Washington Times - January 15, 2013, 08:33AM

Chelsea Clinton will serve as honorary chairwoman of the National Day of Service on Saturday to start a weekend of inaugural events, the Presidential Inaugural Committee said Tuesday.

The daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will headline a Service Summit on the National Mall to honor Martin Luther King Jr. The annual King holiday will be observed on Monday, the same day of President Obama’s ceremonial inauguration.


“We are thrilled that Chelsea Clinton will play such a critical role in mobilizing Americans across the country to take part in the National Day of Service,” said PIC president and CEO Steve Kerrigan. “Through her work with the Clinton Foundation and her recent efforts to help communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy, Chelsea sets a remarkable example for serving and strengthening our country. As honorary chair, she will be instrumental in helping lead the President’s call to service and growing this important tradition.”

Ms. Clinton said in a statement that there is “no more fitting way to mark a presidential inauguration.”

“I am deeply grateful that President Obama and his administration have put service at the center of the inauguration weekend, and I am proud to be part of a nationwide service effort, honoring the service and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and building a brighter future for all of us,” she said.