Palikir, Pohnpei. On July 10, 2015, Members of the Nineteenth Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia joined President Peter M. Christian and Vice President Yosiwo P. George in the 2015 Joint National Inauguration Ceremony for the leadership of the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia.
Hundreds gathered at the nation’s capital in Palikir, Pohnpei to witness and participate in the historic ceremony. Multitudes of dignitaries and honored guests traveled to be part of the event, including some of the highest of traditional chiefs and leaders from around the nation, as well as President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. of the Republic of Palau and President Christopher Loeak of the Republic of the Marshall Islands and their delegations, members of the Diplomatic Corps and representatives of foreign countries to the FSM, various regional and state leaders, various representatives of regional and international organizations, as well as the families and friends of most of the FSM National leadership.
The celebration began with a Joint Inaugural Inter-Denominational Church Service held on July 9th at the Our Lady of Mercy Church in Kolonia, Pohnpei. On the morning of July 10th, after the dignitaries and honored guests were introduced, the Youth-4-Change choir opened the day with FSM National Anthem followed by the welcoming remarks by the Pohnpei’s Acting Governor Marcelo Peterson. President Christian, being inaugurated as the 8th President of the federation, delivered the Inaugural Address.
Traditional dances and other performances from all the four FSM States ended the day’s glorious celebration after Rev. Bethwel Henry, the first Speaker of the FSM Congress, gave the closing benediction.
The 2015 Joint Inauguration Ceremony was a collaborative effort of all those involved in the Joint Inauguration Committee chaired by former FSM Senator Peter Sitan. Generous donations and other contributions from different organizations and businesses made the 2015 Joint National Inauguration Ceremony a success.
For more information on the 2015 Joint Inauguration Ceremony, including a gallery of pictures and videos of the celebration, please visit www.fsmleadership.fm.