Today the nation observes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as well as holding inauguration ceremonies for President Obama.

Happy MLK Day from The Sun-Times and its staff.  The post office, as well as federal government offices, are closed today in honor of the holiday.

In addition to the MLK holiday, the inauguration ceremonies are being held in Washington, D.C. to kick off the second term of President Barack Obama.  Obama was officially sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts yesterday since the swearing in must take place on January 20.  The ceremonies, however, are being held today with a symbolic swearing in taking place to coincide with the events.