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‘Field of Flags’ on the National Mall represents the people who cannot attend the inauguration.


For 90 minutes on Monday, a swath of the National Mall was illuminated with 56 “pillars of light” and close to 200,000 flags in an art display representing the people who are unable to attend the presidential inauguration because of the coronavirus pandemic and restrictive security measures.

The display represents all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and the United States’s five permanently inhabited territories.

According to President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s inaugural committee, the art display signified a “commitment to an inclusive and safe event that everyone can enjoy from their home.”

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