President-elect Donald Trump will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural parade in Washington, D.C., which kicks off Monday.
The ceremony will mark Trump’s second inaugural in Washington and the first since the death of former President Barack Obama in 2009.
A statement from the Trump transition team said the parade will celebrate American history, traditions and values.
Trump has been at the center of a growing national conversation over whether he is fit to serve as commander-in-chief and whether he should step aside for a successor.
Some Republicans are calling for the president to resign.
Trump was a vocal critic of former Democratic President Barack Clinton and some of his supporters have been critical of the president-elect and his administration.
Trump and the transition team have said they will not step aside in the face of the mounting controversy.
Trump won the presidency with 53 percent of the vote, but his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, resigned earlier this month amid a probe into her ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Trump supporter and former House Republican leader, said Monday that the inauguration would be a celebration of “freedom and democracy, but not a celebration in which the president is at the head of the table.”
Gingrich also said that Trump should resign if the president elect is not “presidential.”
“I think the president has to resign because it is a total failure, because he has betrayed the people,” Gingrich said on MSNBC.
“We’re going to be celebrating America, because we are a free people, we are people of liberty and we have a constitutional right to be in a free society.” “
Pence, who was also a 2016 presidential candidate, is expected to attend the parade. “
We’re going to be celebrating America, because we are a free people, we are people of liberty and we have a constitutional right to be in a free society.”
Pence, who was also a 2016 presidential candidate, is expected to attend the parade.
His presence was welcomed by many who have been angered by Trump’s rhetoric and his appointment of the son of a white supremacist to lead the Department of Homeland Security.
“It’s a welcome event for the country to be able to celebrate what the United States has done in the world in the last year,” Trump transition spokesman Sean Spicer said in a statement.
“The American people have spoken and the American people need to hear what they have to say about how they feel.”