200K flags placed on the National Mall ahead of Biden inauguration to represent missing crowd

200K flags placed on the National Mall ahead of Biden inauguration to represent missing crowd200K flags placed on the National Mall ahead of Biden inauguration to represent missing crowd

 

Nearly 200,000 flags have been placed on the National Mall ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, signifying the tens of thousands of people who won’t be able to attend this year’s ceremony.

200K flags placed on the National Mall ahead of Biden inauguration to represent missing crowd

The Presidential Inaugural Committee first announced plans to install the public art display, which has flags representing all the U.S. states and territories, on Jan. 11.

200K flags placed on the National Mall ahead of Biden inauguration to represent missing crowd

The lack of attendees is not the only way this year’s inauguration is different from years past. There are unprecedented closures blocking off a large portion of streets and bridges.