U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder and more than 60 members of the diplomatic community are expected to attend Vincent C. Gray's swearing-in as the District's next mayor Sunday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, according to sources familiar with the planning for the inauguration.
Holder, who met with Gray shortly after the Nov. 2 general election, will administer the oath to D.C. Council-Chairman-elect Kwame Brown (D), who will also be sworn in that day. Eric T. Washington, the chief judge of the Court of Appeals, is expected to swear in Gray, according to the sources, who asked for anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly about the preparations.
The inaugural activities are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. with an interfaith prayer service. Gray and Brown, as well as all newly elected council members and Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners, will be sworn in starting around 10 a.m.
Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl will deliver the invocation and benediction.
The event is expected to attract a who's-who of elected officials from across the region, according to organizers.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) are likely to appear, as is new Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
It's unclear which foreign countries have decided to send official greetings, but organizers are expecting at least 60 ambassadors or attaches.