Democrats at their party's national convention in Boston are set to formally nominate John Kerry as the party's candidate for president.
At the end of Wednesday night's session, delegates will conduct the traditional "roll call" of U.S. states and territories, as they declare support for the Massachusetts senator.
Mr. Kerry will give his acceptance speech on Thursday. Wednesday, the Democrats will hear from Mr. Kerry's choice for vice president, John Edwards.
Senator Edwards plans to evoke images of Mr. Kerry's service during the Vietnam War. He will say that today's soldiers in Iraq deserve a president who knows what they have gone through.
In addition, Mr. Kerry will be endorsed by retired General John Shalikashvili, former head of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Democrats have been promoting Mr. Kerry's military record as part of an effort to convince voters he can protect the nation's security.
Senator Kerry arrived in Boston on Wednesday, crossing Boston Harbor on a ferry accompanied by fellow Vietnam veterans.
Speakers on the convention's first two nights have strongly criticized President Bush while declaring Mr. Kerry more fit to lead the country.