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Trump names his Inauguration Day a ‘National Day of Patriotic Devotion’

On Jan. 20, 2017, President Trump pledged to embark on a strategy of "America first." Here are key moments from that speech. (Video: Sarah Parnass/The Washington Post, Photo: Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

President Trump has officially declared the day of his inauguration a national day of patriotism.

Trump's inaugural address on Friday frequently referred to patriotism as the salve that would heal the country's divisions. “When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice,” Trump said from the steps of the Capitol after being sworn in as president.

Later that day, Trump's press secretary, Sean Spicer, said that naming a national day of patriotism was among the executive actions that Trump took in his first few hours as president.

On Monday, the paperwork was filed with the federal government declaring officially that Jan. 20, 2017 — the day of Trump's inauguration — would officially be known as the “National Day of Patriotic Devotion.”

“Now, therefore, I, Donald J. Trump, president of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Jan. 20, 2017, as National Day of Patriotic Devotion, in order to strengthen our bonds to each other and to our country — and to renew the duties of government to the people,” the order says.

“Our Constitution is written on parchment, but it lives in the hearts of the American people,” the order continues. “There is no freedom where the people do not believe in it; no law where the people do not follow it; and no peace where the people do not pray for it.”

Other presidents have declared the day of their inauguration an occasion to mark an American value. In 2009, President Obama named the day of his inauguration a "National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation."

The scene in Washington on Inauguration Day

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: At 1am on Friday, January 20, 2017 at the corner of F and 14th Streets NW, Keilaun Wilson, of Columbia, South Carolina sells T-shirts to Trump supporters getting out of the balls and parties that were held the night before inauguration. He said he doesn't support any president and that he just needs to make some money. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

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