DC’s National Mall lit up with ‘Field of Flags’ ahead of ‘unprecedented’ inauguration

The "Field of Flags" is pictured on the National Mall. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)

On the cusp of an "unprecedented" inauguration, the D.C.’s National Mall is arrayed with a stunning display.

On Monday, 200,000 flags were set up on the National Mall, representing Americans who can’t travel to the nation’s capital for Inauguration Day.

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Lights illuminated the display by night.

The "Field of Flags" is pictured on the National Mall as the US Capitol Building is prepared for the inauguration ceremonies for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on January 18, 2021 in Washington, DC. - President-elect

This year’s inauguration will be a scene unlike any before it.

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Traditionally, the inauguration features throngs of supporters and well wishers – a boon for the District’s hospitality industry.

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In the midst of the pandemic, however, people are being asked to stay home and celebrate the inauguration remotely.

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In addition, a Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol prompted an overwhelming security presence.

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