01/22/2013 10:23 am ET Updated Jan 22, 2013

Obama Inauguration: Detroit Holds A Prominent Place In President's Second Term Address

Detroit was definitely on President Obama's mind during his second inauguration ceremony held on Monday.

The city made a prominent appearance during his inaugural address alongside Newtown, Conn., the site of a recent school shooting, in a reference intended to draw attention to gun violence and public safety issues.

"Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm," he said.

Both cities have made headlines recently for gun violence.

26 people, including 20 children, were killed in a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown in December.

During the last year Detroit had an exceptionally high number of murders -- including several high profile shootings involving children.

Earlier this month city police officials put the total number of homicide deaths in 2012 at 411, an increase of more than nine percent over 2011.

Obama also highlighted LGBT rights in his address with a groundbreaking reference to the Stonewall riots of 1969 that compared the event to other important civil rights struggles in the nation's history.



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