The City Council began the ceremony by awarding its presidency, which is alternated among the members, to Tom Gould.
Commenting later on the mayor’s speech, Gould said, “I thought (the mayor) hit all his marks. ... He knows where he want to take the city, and we’re ready to go there.”
The Peabody High School band provided rousing music from the auditorium balcony, and the high school chorale sang a moving version of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”