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Chelsea Clinton is leading one of the inaugural events taking place this weekend. The former first daughter will be the honorary chair for the National Day of Service, which is meant to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the National Mall on Saturday.
"When I was growing up, both my parents and grandparents instilled a commitment to service in me. They taught me that helping our neighbors and serving our community were essential parts of being a good citizen and a good person," Clinton told the Associated Press.
Clinton is familiar with volunteerism and helping people get involved in gatherings. She worked for several years for her father's Clinton Health Access Initiative and last year traveled to Nigeria. Clinton has also worked with organizations dedicated to bringing gender equality for women everywhere.
"There is no more fitting way to mark a presidential inauguration than a day of service. Coming together as a country to strengthen our communities has always been part of the American spirit," Clinton told USA Today.
"I am deeply grateful that President Obama and his administration have put service at the center of the Inauguration weekend, and I am proud to be part of a nation-wide service effort, honoring the service and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and building a brighter future for all of us," Clinton added.
The Clinton family has all played a part in President Obama's presidency: Hillary serves as Secretary of State; Bill has spoken on Obama's behalf and made appearances at the Democratic National Convention. Now it is Chelsea's turn to "get active" in the process, which makes the Obama administration very happy.
"We are thrilled that Chelsea Clinton will play such a critical role in mobilizing Americans across the country to take part in the National Day of Service. Through her work with the Clinton Foundation and her recent efforts to help communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy, Chelsea sets a remarkable example for serving and strengthening our country," Steve Kerrigan, the president of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, told USA Today.