1WTC Worker's Hammer Helps Construct Presidential Inaugural Platform
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The election is less than two months away but preparations for the inauguration are already getting started.
Members of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies hammered in the first nails Wednesday into a piece of wood that will be used as part of the swearing in platform.
One of the hammers used belongs to a carpenter and former Marine currently working on One World Trade Center.
New York's senior Senator and Committee Chairman Chuck Schumer says using the hammer symbolizes a transition between the present and the future.
"The inauguration is a celebration of democracy, a time when we pause full view with the nation and the world to inaugurate our new leaders," Schumer said. "This event reminds us that free elections matter and that it is possible to transfer power peacefully every four years."
Once complete, the inaugural platform will be big enough to seat 1,600 dignitaries and guests.