Inaugurations are momentous occasions, filled with all of the pomp and circumstance that is befitting of our most sacred democratic traditions. The office of governor was established in 1776 and was originally elected annually by the state legislature for a term of no more than three years. Patrick Henry, the firebrand patriot and founding father, who famously said, “Give me liberty or give me death,” was the first post-colonial Governor of Virginia and served from 1776-1779. Since then, there have been 73 elected governors to the highest executive office in the Commonwealth.
Gov. Ralph Northam assumed his place in this cabal of esteemed gentlemen this past Saturday, promising to bring greater transparency and accessibility to the office, while at the same time laying out his vision for Virginia. The inauguration was a celebration of inclusivity which showcased the vast diversity of the Commonwealth and included performances by Larry Bland and the Volunteer Choir, a blessing ceremony by Virginia’s First Nations, Boy and Girl Scouts from the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center, along with a full contingent of young men and women from Virginia Military Institute.
RVA Mag was on the scene all weekend covering inaugural events from start to finish, including Northam’s swearing-in, the inaugural ball, and the First Lady’s brunch. Below are some highlights from over the weekend:
Photos by Landon Shroder (LS), Allison MacEwen (AM), and Branden Wilson (BW)