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Washington Convention Center gearing up for inaugural events

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The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is hosting all three official inaugural events besides the swearing-in ceremony and the parade.

The three celebrations are the Kids' Inaugural Concert Saturday night, the Inaugural Ball on Monday night, where tickets were available to the general public for the event for as low as $60, and the Commander-In-Chief Inaugural Ball, which will be for military families, mostly enlisted members and for the first time, same-sex partners.

"It's incredibly important to the First and Second Families," says Presidential Inaugural Committee CEO Stephen Kerrigan. "Because it is their way of saying how much we appreciate these members of the military who are going overseas and fighting for our country and defending us all across the globe, and so we wanted to make sure just as President [George W.] Bush did in 2005, that we honor that by giving them their own ball with their Commander-in-Chief."

Greg O'Dell is the man responsible for making the convention center gala-ready. 

"Fortunately, we have a great team and we've been through this before," says O'Dell, CEO of Events DC. "We've actually hosted three inaugurations in this building alone and we've hosted inaugurations all the way back to [Ronald] Reagan's second inauguration, so our staff has been old hat, but nevertheless we're on our game and ready to go."

They are not sure how many people will be attending the events at the Convention Center. But in communities all across the country Saturday, the PIC is hosting events marking a national day of service.

"This isn't just about a celebration of a president," Kerrigan says. "It's about the strength and drive and resilience of the American people, and so we want our communities and our friends and neighbors to step up, perform acts of service, commit to each other to help make each other's lives a little bit better through service, and that's what would be a great legacy of this inaugural."

If you don't have a ticket to any of the official events at the Convention Center, you can still stop by and pick up some official inaugural mementos at a makeshift inaugural store on the street level. It's open to the public.

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