/Field of Flags on National Mall represents Americans who cannot attend Bidens inauguration

Field of Flags on National Mall represents Americans who cannot attend Bidens inauguration


Biden’s inauguration will look strikingly different than any other.

Tens of thousands of American flags — rather than massive crowds of people — will stand on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee has installed some 191,500 U.S. flags of varying sizes on a swath of the long, grassy park to represent the American people who cannot attend Biden’s inauguration. The public art display, which covers the National Mall from 3rd Street to 13th Street, is illuminated by 56 pillars of light and includes flags for every U.S. state and territory.

The so-called Field of Flags reflects “our commitment to an inclusive and safe event that everyone can enjoy from their home,” the committee said.

There are also heightened security concerns following the Jan. 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol building. Some 25,000 National Guard troops are assisting with securing the presidential inauguration.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee has urged the public to “refrain from any travel and participate in the inaugural activities from home.” The footprint of the swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol will be “extremely limited,” with “vigorous health and safety protocols,” and the parade that follows will be mostly virtual, according to the committee.

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