National Affairs: Getting Ready for Inauguration

The clatter of hammers and the fresh smell of unpainted Virginia pine filled the White House grounds last week. Beyond the north lawn and across broad Pennsylvania Avenue, along Lafayette Park, workmen were knocking together grandstands. There on Jan. 20 the President and as many U. S. citizens as can be accommodated will watch the inaugural parade of Term III: a two-hour procession of the nation's armed forces, including a mechanized unit from Fort Knox.

For grave, critical 1941, Franklin Roosevelt wanted a simple, inexpensive inauguration. The parade stands his committee is building...

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