Yahoo News reports:
Organizers for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Tuesday finished setting up about 200,000 flags on Monday, representing the American people who cannot travel to the inauguration amid a worsening coronavirus pandemic and extraordinary security precautions.
The flags represent all of the states and U.S. territories, and they also are meant to honor the 400,000 Americans who will have officially died from COVID-19 by the time Biden is sworn in.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee highlighted the “Field of Flags” on Monday night, with 56 pillars of light — one for each of the 50 states and six U.S. territories — beamed into the air for 46 seconds, a reference to Biden becoming the 46th U.S. president.
Read the full article. Late this afternoon Biden and Harris will attend a memorial service at the site.
Nearly 200,000 US flags are set up on the National Mall, representing the American people who cannot travel to President-elect Biden’s inauguration amid the pandemic and extraordinary security precautions. https://t.co/gYWmQdTC0a
— Captivate (@Captivate) January 19, 2021
.@BidenInaugural lit 56 pillars of light (representing the 56 states & territories) to illuminate their “Field of Flags” display on the National Mall. The display includes nearly 200,000 U.S. flags meant to represent the American people not able to travel to the inauguration. pic.twitter.com/4w4Oa7iI9t
— Molly Nagle (@MollyNagle3) January 19, 2021
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 19, 2021
This field of flags on the National Mall commemorates those lost to COViD19. President Biden will lead a dedication ceremony this evening. pic.twitter.com/IOnEix21Lh
— 💙 Koko ✊🏻✊🏽✊🏿💙 (@Kokomothegreat) January 19, 2021
Field of Flags is intended to honor the nearly 400,000 people who have died in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as those unable to attend the #Inauguration in person. pic.twitter.com/BmhIGtufrs
— Colin McFarlane (@colinmcfarlane) January 19, 2021