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President Barack Obama announced today there will be a national day of service on Jan. 19 — one day before he takes the oath, the AP reports.

“This year’s inaugural will reflect our belief that working together, we can keep moving our country forward and fulfill the promise of the American dream for all families,’’ Obama said in a statement from his Presidential Inaugural Committee, according to the New York Times.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee includes former presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, as well as actress Eva Longoria serving as committee co-chair, the AP reports.

This isn’t the first time the president has asked Americans to organize and participate in community service projects. On Jan. 19, 2008, the day before his first inauguration and on the federal holiday for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Obama held a national day of service, according to the New York Times.

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