In a Stunning Tribute, Nearly 200,000 Flags Have Been Planted on the National Mall in DC

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When Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are inaugurated on Jan. 20, the celebration will look very different from the usual ceremonies. However, the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) has planted a "Field of Flags" on the National Mall to honor the American people who won't be able to attend the inauguration because of COVID-19. According to a statement, the art display is meant to "reflect PIC's commitment to an inclusive and safe event that everyone can enjoy from their home." It also aligns with the inaugural celebration's theme, "America United."

The display consists of approximately 191,500 US flags of varying sizes, but not every flag is the Stars and Stripes. There are also sections of flags that represent the 56 states and US territories. They're surrounded with 56 pillars of light, which lit up on Monday night for 46 seconds, to commemorate Biden's status as the 46th president of the United States.

The flags, which cover the National Mall from 3rd Street to 13th Street, aren't just a visual choice. They're also a call to action. As part of the inaugural activities, Americans can become symbolic "sponsors" of the Field of Flags by donating to the committee's partners in service, a list of charities working to address a wide range of causes that are priorities for the Biden-Harris administration. Sponsors will receive exclusive digital materials, including a certificate confirming their sponsorship and participation in this week's celebrations. In a year tainted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as well as security concerns at the Capitol, it's a small but significant way for everyday Americans to be involved in this historic event. Ahead, find photos of this beautiful display of solidarity.