PRESS RELEASE from Presidential Inaugural Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                           
Thursday, January 1, 2009       
Contact: PIC Communications Office

WASHINGTON, DC - Continuing the tradition started in 2005 by President George W. Bush, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced today that President-elect Barack Obama will host the Commander-in-Chief's inaugural ball to honor the country's active duty and reserve military.  Additional invited guests will include wounded warriors (Purple Heart recipients), families of fallen heroes, and spouses of deployed military.
"It is a privilege to honor our men and women in uniform during our inaugural festivities by continuing the tradition of the Commander in Chief's Ball," said President-elect Obama.  "Our troops represent the best America has to offer, and without their dedication and sacrifice we would not be able to enjoy the freedoms that we are coming together to celebrate on January 20th.  They deserve our thanks and our gratitude.  Michelle and I look forward to attending the Commander in Chief's Ball and sharing this special evening with representatives of our armed forces."

The ball will be held the evening of January 20th at the National Building Museum. Tickets will be provided free of charge to all invited guests.  This event is not open to the general public.