Stunning 'Field Of Flags' Lights Up In National Mall Ahead Of Biden Inauguration
The Field of Flags will take the place of tens of thousands of Americans in the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden. (Photo: Joe Raedle via Getty Images)
The inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, which will take place amid a devastating pandemic and war-zone-like level of security, will be markedly different from anything the nation has seen before.
Almost 200,000 flags stand on the National Mall ahead of the event in Washington, DC on Wednesday. The display is designed to honor the nearly 400,000 people who died in the US during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as those who were unable to attend in person.
Typically, hundreds of thousands of people flock to the Capitol on inauguration day. The festivities will be drastically reduced to limit the spread of the virus. Thousands of National Guard troops guard the streets and sights of the capital following the January 6th riot on the Capitol, which aimed to turn the election results upside down. The National Mall is closed and fences have been put up around the Capitol and White House.
The flag display shone on Monday evening with 56 columns of light and symbolized every US state and every US territory. The America United theme follows the message that Biden campaigned for and calls for unity amid some of the nation's most divided times in modern history.
The "Field of Flags" is depicted in the National Mall while the Capitol is being prepared for the dedication ceremonies. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY via Getty Images)
When the housewarming week began on Monday, lights were shone in the sky around the "field of flags". (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY via Getty Images)
Tens of thousands of flags represent Americans who will not be able to attend the historic January 20th ceremony. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY via Getty Images)
Pillars of light depicting each US state and territory illuminate the flag display. (Photo: JOE RAEDLE via Getty Images)
The Washington Memorial will be closed to the public until January 24 due to security threats related to the inauguration. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY via Getty Images)
The eye-catching display fills the space, which is typically where thousands of people witness the story unfold. (Photo: JOE RAEDLE via Getty Images)
The flag exhibition organized by the President's Inaugural Committee is part of the theme of Unity. (Photo: ERIC BARADAT via Getty Images)
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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