Gov. Brad Henry’s second term as state chief executive will be kicked off with three days of inaugural activities starting this Saturday. The events will include two formal balls, a prayer service, a children’s outing and the formal inauguration ceremony Monday, January 8, at the State Capitol.
“The inaugural activities are designed to offer something for everyone,” said Gov. Henry. “With Oklahoma beginning its centennial year, we want the events to convey the pride and enthusiasm we feel for our state and set the tone for a great centennial celebration.”
The Henry family will play a key role in the inaugural. For example, when the governor and other state officers are officially sworn in at the Jan. 8 inaugural ceremony at the State Capitol, the Henrys’ daughters Leah, Laynie and Baylee will lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Robert Henry, the governor’s cousin, will administer the oath of office to the governor. With First Lady Kim Henry at his side, Gov. Henry will use his father’s family bible to take the oath.
The inaugural festivities officially begin this Saturday in Tulsa when Gov. Henry and First Lady Kim Henry host the first of two inaugural balls. The event at Tulsa’s Mayo Hotel will feature dinner and dancing.
On Sunday, Oklahoma families are invited to participate in Family Day at the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum in Seminole. The event is free of charge and open to the public from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.
The public is also invited to attend the Interfaith Inaugural Prayer Service Sunday evening at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City. The event will include performances from Pulitzer Prize winning author N. Scott Momaday, internationally acclaimed soprano Leona Mitchell and the Ambassadors’ Concert Choir. The service begins at 5:00 pm Sunday.
On Monday, Jan. 8, at 11:00 am, the formal inaugural ceremony will be held at the State Capitol. Gov. Henry and other statewide elected officials will be sworn in for their upcoming terms, and the governor will deliver his inaugural address.
Miss Langston 2006, Rachel Goff, will emcee ceremonies that will include a flag presentation by the Kiowa Warrior Black Leggings Society, a flyover by the Oklahoma Air National Guard and performances by Mitchell, Momaday and the Ambassador Choir.
The event on the south Capitol steps is free of charge and open to the public.
At the conclusion of the inaugural ceremony, Gov. Henry and other statewide elected officials will move inside the Capitol to the second floor rotunda for a public reception.
Inaugural festivities will officially conclude Monday night in Oklahoma City. The second and final inaugural ball will begin at 6:30 pm at the Cox Convention Center. The event will feature dinner and dancing in addition to ball events designed specifically for children and teenagers.
“I look forward to visiting with Oklahomans and hearing their thoughts as we begin our second term,” said Gov. Henry.
“I also want to thank the members of my inaugural committee and their supporting cast. These events would not have been possible without their hard work over the holiday season.”