Inauguration Facts

President Reagan's Second Inauguration

First Inauguration as President (January 20, 1981)
Singer: Juanita Booker (amateur singer from Los Angeles)
Invocation and Benediction: Rev. Donn Moomaw, Senior Pastor, Bel Air Presbyterian Church
This was the first Inaugural ceremony to be held at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. (All previous Inaugurations at the Capitol had used the East Front.)

Second Inauguration as President (January 20, 1985)
Invocation: Rev. Timothy Healy, S.J. (President, Georgetown University)
Singer: Jesse Norman
Prayers: After Ms. Norman’s song: Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk (President, Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati)
Just prior to the swearing-in: Rev. Donn Moomaw (Senior Pastor, Bel Air Presbyterian Church)
Benediction: Rev. Peter Gomes (Chaplain, Harvard University)
There was no poem read at either Inaugural.