National Day of Service

On the cusp of both the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and President Obama's second inauguration, Americans across the country come together to serve their neighbors and communities in a national Day of Service.

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On the cusp of both the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and President Obama's second inauguration, Americans across the country have come together to serve their neighbors and communities in a national Day of Service. Here, President Barack Obama stains a bookshelf at Burrville Elementary School in Washington. Click to see more.
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National Day of Service Honorary Chair, Chelsea Clinton, gets a hug from Addison Rose, 8, of Washington, as they participated in a service project on the National Mall. The two made cards for the Sunshine Mail Foundation that sends the cards along with care packages to the ill and disadvantaged people.
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Vice President Joe Biden, center, fills care kits with necessities for deployed U.S. service members, wounded warriors, veterans and first responders, joining the National Day of Service as part of the 57th presidential inauguration in Washington. Volunteer Nathan Fouse walks with a care kit at right.
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President Barack Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, speaks at Burrville Elementary School in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
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People use computers during a service summit on the National Mall January 19, 2013 in Washington, DC. Events around the Inauguration started with a national day of service a yearly event where Americans are encouraged to volunteer and contribute to service projects to honor American civil rights leader Martin Luther King.
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Members of the Central Arizona Young Marines attend the National Day of Service event as Washington prepares for President Barack Obama's second inauguration on January 19, 2013 in Washington, DC.
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A signer signs the lyrics in front of a large screen with the image of gospel singer, Yolanda Adams, as she performs during the opening ceremony for the National Day of Service.
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First lady Michelle Obama stains a bookshelf at Burrville Elementary School in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, as the first family participated in a community service project for the National Day of Service.
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Vice President Joe Biden hugs his wife Jill Biden as he is introduced to National Day of Service volunteers in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
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Volunteers with Cape Fear Crop Mob and Leading Into New Communities (LINC) work together to start an urban farm off Division Drive, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Wilmington, N.C.
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Bobby Armstrong, a volunteer with Cape Fear Crop Mob, helps clear debris with other volunteers while helping to start an urban farm.
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People visit charitable organization's displays during a service summit on the National Mall January 19, 2013 in Washington, DC.
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Janice Gladney of Dallas poses with her Barack Obama buttons at the National Day of Service event as Washington prepares for President Barack Obama's second inauguration.
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National Day of Service Honorary Chair, Chelsea Clinton, left and Addison Rose, 8, of Washington, display the cards they made as part of the National Day of Service project.
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National Day of Service Honorary Chair, Chelsea Clinton speaks during the opening ceremony for the day.
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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama stain a bookshelf at Burrville Elementary School in Washington.
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Presidential Inaugural Committee Co-Chair Eva Longoria gestures as she participates in the opening ceremony for the National Day of Service.
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Jay Desai, of Washington, front and Ariel Timar, of Cherry Hill, N.J., center, paint a mural as they participate in the National Day of Service on the Mall as part of the 57th Presidential Inaugural festivities.
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People learn CPR at a service summit on the National Mall January 19, 2013 in Washington, DC. Events around the Inauguration started with a national day of service a yearly event where Americans are encouraged to volunteer and contribute to service projects to honor American civil rights leader Martin Luther King.
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U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden and his wife Jill Biden participate during a Unite America in Service event on the National Day of Service. Vice President Biden and his family joined volunteers to pack care kits filled with necessities for deployed U.S. Service Members, Wounded Warriors, Veterans and First Responders.
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