A stunning art installation of nearly 200,000 US flags has filled the National Mall, representing Americans who can't attend Biden's inauguration
- Ahead of Biden's
inauguration, nearly 200,000 American flags were installed on the National Mall.
- The Presidential Inaugural Committee led the effort in creating the public art display, called the 'Field of Flags.'
- Biden has long emphasized that most in-person inaugural activities would be scaled-down this year.
Ahead of President-elect
The Presidential Inaugural Committee led the effort in creating the public art display, called the 'Field of Flags', which was designed with 56 pillars of light to symbolize all 50 states and US territories.
On Monday night, the display was illuminated, a dazzling showcase highlighting the resiliency of the country, with the vaunted Capitol building looming in the background.
Less than two weeks after the Capitol was the scene of deadly rioting and amid the high-level, Fort Knox-style security measures that have been instituted across
"This inauguration marks a new chapter for the American people - one of healing, of unifying, of coming together, of an America united," said Tony Allen, the chief executive office of the Presidential Inaugural Committee. "It is time to turn the page on this era of division. The inaugural activities will reflect our shared values and serve as a reminder that we are stronger together than we are apart, just as our motto 'e pluribus unum' reminds us - out of many, one."
While Americans will not be physically present on the National Mall, they are there in spirit, an important sentiment to remember as Biden, soon-to-be the nation's 46th president, inherits a country mired in the most difficult stage of the coronavirus pandemic.
Biden, cognizant of the dangers of traveling during a pandemic, emphasized that most of the inauguration activities, usually filled with robust parade crowds and stately black tie affairs, would largely become virtual affairs.
However, Biden and Vice President-elect
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