The inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, which can happen amid a devastating pandemic and warfare zone-like safety ranges, will look strikingly completely different from something the nation has seen earlier than.
Close to 200,000 flags stand within the National Mall forward of Wednesday’s occasion in Washington, D.C. The show is meant to honor the almost 400,000 individuals who have died within the U.S. through the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to these unable to attend in individual.
Normally, tons of of 1000’s of individuals would flock to the Capitol for Inauguration Day. The festivities might be dramatically pared again to restrict the unfold of the virus and following the Jan. 6 riot on the Capitol by rioters looking for to overturn election outcomes, 1000’s of National Guard troops guard the capital’s streets and landmarks. The National Mall is closed, and fences have gone up across the Capitol and White House.
The flag show lit up Monday night time with 56 pillars of sunshine, symbolizing each U.S. state and territory. The “America United” theme will comply with the message Biden campaigned on, calling for unity amidst a few of the nation’s most divided instances in trendy historical past.
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