WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA)--If you want to be in the Inaugural Parade on January 21, 2013 you need to apply quick. The deadline for applications is tonight--Thursday, November 30th at 8pm.
The Joint Task Force-National Capital Region is heading up the application process. Applications are only being accepted on-line.
Organizations wishing to be in the inaugural parade should submit their applications on-line at: www.2013InaugurationParade.mil
According to the JTF-NC "Interested parties can also access additional information about the parade and view detailed instructions for completing and submitting their materials. Organizations are able to log-in, create an account, enter relevant data, and up-load organization photos, a group biography, video clips, and copies of supporting correspondence from government and political leaders."
So far over 2,000 organizations or individuals have applied to be in the parade. The ultimate decision as to who is in, and who is out, is left up to the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC).
The Joint Task Force-National Capital Region is responsible for coordinating all military ceremonial support for the inaugural activities. Members from all branches of the armed forces compose the JTF-NC.
In a news release the JTF-NC says, "Military involvement in the Presidential Inauguration dates back to April 30, 1789, when members of the U.S. Army, local militia units and revolutionary war veterans escorted George Washington to his first inauguration ceremony. Military support to the Inauguration honors the commander in chief, recognizes civilian control of the military and celebrates democracy."
"The Secretary of Defense has authorized nearly 450 service members to be assigned to JTF-NCR by Inauguration Day to coordinate Department of Defense support in and around the District of Columbia. Historically, as many as 5,000 service members have participated in the celebration, both in view of the public and behind the scenes," says the JTF-NC news release.