STATEWIDE — Virginia Governor-Elect Glenn Youngkin’s Inaugural Committee has announced the theme for the Commonwealth’s 74th Inauguration as well as the schedule of events for that weekend.
The theme for the inauguration, which is scheduled to take place on Jan. 15, 2022, was announced as, “Strengthen the Spirit of Virginia Together.” According to the Committee, this is meant to reflect upon the liberty, freedom and unity.
“The theme for inauguration weekend celebrates Virginia’s spirit — one linked to a rich history, but an even more exciting future as Virginians come together to make Virginia the best place to live, work, and raise a family,” said Gov.-Elect Youngkin along with Virginia’s upcoming First Lady Suzanne Youngkin.
The events for that weekend are as follows:
- “Spirit of Sisterhood Tea”: On January 14, Mrs. Youngkin will host a women’s tea at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. This event requires a ticket to attend.
- Spirit of Virginia Welcome Reception: This welcome reception from the Inaugural Committee will take place following the Spirit of Sisterhood Tea and is a ticketed event.
- Spirit of Imagination Dinner: Gov. Elect. and Mrs. Youngkin will host a dinner at the Science Museum of Virginia on the evening of January 14. According to a press release from the Committee, this location was chosen for “its role in inspiring Virginians to imagine and innovate…” This is also a ticketed event.
- Spirit of Faith Prayer Breakfast: Gov.-Elect. and Mrs. Youngkin will hold a prayer breakfast just ahead of the inauguration ceremony on Jan. 15. A ticket is required for this event.
- Inaugural Ceremony: Gov.-Elect Youngkin, Lieutenant Governor-Elect Winsome Sears, and Attorney General-Elect Jason Miyares will be sworn in. This event is open to the public.
- Spirit of Community Inaugural Parade: Following the ceremony, a parade will take place through Capitol Square. This event is open to the public.
- Spirit of Celebration: Gov. and Mrs. Youngkin will host a casual gathering featuring live music and regional foods from across Virginia at Main Street Station. This event requires a ticket to attend.
- Spirit of Togetherness Open House: On Jan. 16, Gov. and Mrs. Youngkin will open the doors of the Executive Mansion to the public.
Last month, the former private-equity executive and businessman beat former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, carrying 50.7 percent of the vote over McAuliffe’s 48.6 percent.
After victory was called, Youngkin gave a speech in which he said, “Together we will change the trajectory of this Commonwealth.”
More information on the upcoming inauguration will be released on the Youngkin Inaugural Committee website.