JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — We’re a little over one week away from the inauguration of Missouri’s next governor and the preparations are all coming together.
Greitens’ senior adviser outlined the details and plans for the inauguration during a conference call on Thursday morning.
The inaugural ceremonies will begin with a week of service starting on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017. The incoming governor is scheduled to begin a week-long tour of the state before the inauguration.
The governor-elect will start the inauguration day events with a 9 a.m. interfaith prayer service at St. Peter’s Church, followed by a ceremony to honor Missouri’s heroes, including law enforcement officers, veterans, teachers, and families of fallen heroes. Chambers said those honorees will join Gov.-elect Greitens on the stage for the swearing in ceremony. He’s expected to be sworn in around 12 p.m.
After being sworn in, Chambers said Greitens will sign some executive orders, but would not comment on what those orders pertain to. Chambers did say some of the orders may rescind orders by previous governors, or contain new actions within the limits of the authority and powers of the governor.
Following that, he will review National Guard troops on the Capitol grounds and receive the public at the Governor’s Mansion. Breaking with tradition, Chambers said they have decided against an inaugural parade.
Gov.-elect Greitens and the First Lady will greet visitors at the Governor’s Mansion, as well as make a stop at Capital Plaza for a reception.
The Governor’s Ball is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. Chambers said that a surprise special guest will be appearing at the ball to play music that night, but said that the guest’s identity would remain a surprise until that night.
The only hint Chambers gave was that the person was a national music star from Missouri with “Missouri roots.”
That has led to speculation on Twitter as to who the guest may be, with some of the favored bets being Chingy, Nelly, Sheryl Crow or David Nail.
Scheduled Itinerary for Inauguration Day
Monday, January 9th, 2017
Benjamin Peters was a reporter for The Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine and also produced the #MoLeg Podcast. He joined The Missouri Times in 2016 after working as a sports editor and TV news producer in mid-Missouri. Benjamin is a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield.