200 flags were erected in Washington in honor of those who will not be at Biden's inauguration
Nearly 200 flags were erected on the National Mall ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, meaning hundreds of thousands of people will not be able to attend this year's ceremony. Writes about it The Hill.
The President's Inauguration Committee first announced plans to create a public installation with flags representing all states and territories of the United States on January 11.
The installation started working on the evening of January 17th.
200 flags were displayed on the National Mall, representing people from around the world who could gather for the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris.
“This inauguration marks a new chapter for the American people — a chapter of healing, unification, one America,” said Tony Allen, CEO of the Presidential Inauguration Committee. “It's time to turn the page of this era of division. The inaugural events will reflect our shared values and serve as a reminder that together we are stronger than separately, as our motto “e pluribus unum” - “one of many” reminds us.
The Fields of Flags portion covers the National Mall from 3rd Street to 13th Street in downtown Washington DC.
We're installing almost 200,000 state and territory flags that will cover the entire National Mall for #InaugurationDay!
Become a symbolic sponsor of these flags and donate to our partner charities. pic.twitter.com/DK78iZX1qO
- Biden Inaugural Committee (@BidenInaugural) January 18, 2021
Flag sponsors will receive special digital content, including an exclusive certificate of sponsorship, the President's Inauguration Committee said.
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This year, the committee plans to hold a predominantly virtual inauguration due to the coronavirus pandemic and the increased risk of politicized violence ahead of the event. Security has been stepped up in the city following bloody riots at the Capitol earlier this month.
In September, 20 American flags were flown on the National Mall in memory of the more than 000 Americans who died in the pandemic.
At around 16:00 pm ET, Joe and Jill Biden flew to Washington DC to officially become President and First Lady of the United States tomorrow.
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