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Biden inauguration – Touching pics show field of nearly 200,000 US flags symbolizing those absent due to Covid

THOUSANDS of US flags have been placed at the National Mall symbolizing the Americans who will be absent from Wednesday's inauguration due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Pictures show the touching display, named the "Field of Flags", where 191,500 flags and 56 pillars of light have been placed in rows near the US Capitol.

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Each flag will represent an American who is unable to attend President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' inauguration due to the pandemic.

Americans were able to become a "symbolic sponsor" of the flag display by donating to a group of nonprofit organizations selected by the PIC.

According to the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC), the pillars of light represent the 50 states and US territories.

Last night the pillars lit up during the National Mall Lighting that took place at 6:30pm.

The display lasted 46 seconds to commemorate Biden who will be the 46th President of the United States.

"The inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris represents the beginning of a new national journey," the communications director of the PIC, Pili Tobar, said.

"However, in the midst of a pandemic – when so many Americans are grieving the loss of family, friends, and neighbors – it is important that we honor those who have died, reflect on what has been one of the more challenging periods in the nation’s history, and renew our commitment to coming together to end the pandemic and rebuild our nation."

On Tuesday, Biden and Harris will lead a tribute to the nearly 400,000 people who have died from coronavirus since the pandemic hit last March.

Coronavirus deaths have skyrocketed in over 30 states with the death rate the same as the number of Americans who died in World War II.

According to Biden's team, Tuesday's ceremony will include lighting around the Lincoln Memorial which will take place at 5:30pm.

Biden's team has asked that cities and towns participate in the ceremony by illuminating buildings and ringing church bells "in a national moment of unity and remembrance".

It comes as Biden's daughter Ashley has revealed that she is "worried" for her dad's safety on Inauguration Day.

Speaking in her first-ever TV interview, which is set to air on Tuesday, Ashley Biden expressed her fears in the wake of the deadly Capitol riots.

Today's Jenna Bush Hager asked Biden's daughter if she was "scared for the safety of her loved ones".

"I think anybody you know that you love who's being threatened, yes, you worry," Ashley replied. "However, the Secret Service are incredible.

"The violence deeply saddens me. And it causes so much trauma."

Ashley addressed her fears following serious security concerns sparked by the deadly US Capitol riots when Trump supporters stormed the building.

The January 6 insurrection in Washington, DC, has ignited the vetting process of 25,000 National Guard troops.

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