WATCH: Republican National Convention kicks off in Cleveland

RNC staffers prep for the 2016 convention kickoff. (Photo: Chance Seales)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (NBC News) – The Republican National Convention holds its first day of afternoon and evening sessions at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

Party chairman Reince Preibus kicked off the four-day event. He almost immediately asked for a moment of silence to remember those who been killed during recent “troubling times.”

The major speakers are slated for the evening when Melania Trump, wife of the candidate, addresses the delegates.

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