January 20, 2017 was a historic day for the United States as our 45th President was sworn into office.
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump kept a hectic schedule throughout the day as they attended church, the inaugural ceremony, a parade and numerous balls.
The events leading up to and surrounding the inauguration had their share of country music influence. Despite the criticism targeted at artists who agreed to perform, country stars Toby Keith, Lee Greenwood, Lonestar’s Richie McDonald, Tim Rushlow of Little Texas, Larry Stewart of Restless Heart, Big & Rich, and more made appearances for the inauguration festivities.
The most anticipated events for many were the invitation-only inaugural balls. Three balls took place throughout Friday night, each with their own theme and audience. The last of the three galas was the Salute to Our Armed Services Ball which was invitation only for wounded warriors, first responders, members of the military, cops and firefighters.
“I like you for a lot of reasons. I love you because you voted for me,” President Trump told them.
Active-duty military members serving in Afghanistan made an appearance on a live video feed during the event and President Trump told them, “I am with you all the way. You have somebody who’s going to be right alongside of you.”
The President and First Lady, Melania, concluded the night with a dance to a performance of the Dolly Parton penned tune “I Will Always Love You.” Midway through the dance, the couple was joined on stage by Vice President Mike Pence and his wife along with members of their family and service men and women. The Trumps and the Pences partnered with service men and women to dance to the ballad.
Watch the new President and his wife dance with service members in the video below.