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Politics Powerful images symbolize an inauguration unlike any other

19:06  20 january  2021
19:06  20 january  2021 Source:   abcnews.go.com

What we know about Biden’s inauguration plans

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Inauguration Day for President-elect Joe Biden will look unlike anything the nation has seen before as the scars of COVID-19 and the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol turn the West Front into a virtual ghost town compared to years past. Instead of a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, there will be a

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The inauguration of Joe Biden is unlike any other -- marked by a global pandemic, heightened security following a mob attack at the U.S. Capitol, and an outgoing president who has done away with most traditions that honor America's peaceful transition of power.

a man and a bat while standing next to a fence: National Guards walk to the Capitol Building as events get underway for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. © John Minchillo/AP National Guards walk to the Capitol Building as events get underway for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. MORE: Biden inauguration live updates: Biden prepares to take office as Trump leaves Washington behind

Here are some powerful images from Wednesday's inauguration that symbolize just how unusual and history-making the day's events are.

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WASHINGTON: Inauguration Day for President-elect Joe Biden will look unlike anything the nation has seen before as the scars of COVID-19 and the Jan. Some say George Washington added the words when he took the oath at his 1789 inaugural . Others say the first eyewitness account of a

The inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Wednesday will look like no other before it. There will be no crowds of onlookers, heavy security and for the first time since 1869, the outgoing president will not attend.

Global pandemic at the fore

a person holding a gun: A member of the U.S. Army Band © Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images A member of the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" looks on ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Jan/ 20, 2021, in Washington.

The coronavirus pandemic was inescapably at the fore of Wednesday's events. Instead of crowds in Washington, D.C., the National Mall was empty as well-wishers and supporters were urged to stay home this year and watch the inauguration virtually.

a group of people watching a fence and a crowd of people: Members of the media work on the social-distanced riser at the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the Capitol, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington, D.C. © Rob Carr/Getty Images Members of the media work on the social-distanced riser at the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the Capitol, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington, D.C.

Instead of crowds of people, tens of thousands of American flags waved in the blustery wind Wednesday. The Presidential Inaugural Committee installed nearly 200,000 U.S. flags of varying sizes on a swath of the long, grassy park to represent the American people who cannot attend Biden's inauguration.

With Mall, bridges and streets closed in D.C., the nation prepares for a celebration of democracy mostly devoid of its citizens

  With Mall, bridges and streets closed in D.C., the nation prepares for a celebration of democracy mostly devoid of its citizens State leaders were also hurrying to protect government buildings, while mobilizing additional police officers and National Guard troops ahead of expected right-wing protests this weekend and Inauguration Day. Some governors worried violence could shift from D.C. to less fortified state capitols. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) declared a disaster Friday ahead of the inauguration and asked for federal aid. D.C. Mayor Muriel E.

Inauguration Day for President-elect Joe Biden will look unlike anything the nation has seen before as the scars of COVID-19 and the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol turn the West Front into a virtual ghost town compared to years past. An inauguration unlike any other amid a pandemic

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a close up of a bridge in the city: Marine One with President Donald Trump onboard leaves the White House ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington, D.C. © Saul Loeb/Pool via AP Marine One with President Donald Trump onboard leaves the White House ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington, D.C.

The so-called Field of Flags reflects "our commitment to an inclusive and safe event that everyone can enjoy from their home," the committee said.

background pattern: The National Mall in Washington is filled with decorative flags on Jan. 19, 2021. © Stephanie Keith/Getty Images The National Mall in Washington is filled with decorative flags on Jan. 19, 2021.

Moreover, those who could attend this year's ceremonies will be masked up and socially distanced. On Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. passed the grim milestone of 400,000 lives lost to the virus.

Military presence and boarded up businesses

a group of people standing next to a man in a military uniform: Members of the National Guard gather near the U.S. Capitol, ahead of the 59th inaugural ceremony for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, 2021. © Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images Members of the National Guard gather near the U.S. Capitol, ahead of the 59th inaugural ceremony for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, 2021.

Some 25,000 National Guardsmen from all across America patrolled the nation's capital on Wednesday, creating a military force five times larger than the number of U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria combined.

Kamala Harris said she and Biden won't 'yield to those who would try and make us afraid' days ahead of being sworn into office outside of US Capitol

  Kamala Harris said she and Biden won't 'yield to those who would try and make us afraid' days ahead of being sworn into office outside of US Capitol Ahead of the inauguration, law enforcement has heightened security efforts at the US Capitol to ensure safety and a "peaceful transfer of power.""I think that we cannot yield to those who would try and make us afraid of who we are," Harris said in an interview with NPR when asked why it important to continue with the planned ceremony and take the oath outside on Inauguration Day. "We are, for all of our faults and imperfections, we are a nation that was founded on very important principles and guided by extremely important ideals. And we cannot abandon that.

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a police car parked on a city street: Members of the National Guard patrol a street leading to the U.S. Capitol ahead of the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 20, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Law enforcement and state officials are on high alert. © Spencer Platt/Getty Images Members of the National Guard patrol a street leading to the U.S. Capitol ahead of the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 20, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Law enforcement and state officials are on high alert. a group of baseball players standing next to a fence: National Guards walk to the Capitol Building as events get underway for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. © John Minchillo/AP National Guards walk to the Capitol Building as events get underway for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington.

The extra security precautions were taken in the wake of pro-Trump supporters conducting a deadly mob attack on the U.S. Capitol building earlier this month during a joint session of Congress. Many businesses in cities across the country were also boarded up Wednesday in the event of further violence breaking out around the inauguration.

Trump departs early Wednesday, will be absent during ceremonies

Donald Trump in a suit and tie: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Jan. 20, 2021. © Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Jan. 20, 2021.

Notably, Trump will be absent Wednesday at Biden's inauguration -- breaking from a longstanding tradition. Rather than wishing the new president success as he takes the oath of office, Trump departed the White House Wednesday morning on Marine One to head to Joint Base Andrews for a farewell speech to supporters.

Inauguration Day weather forecast: Clear skies but breezy and cold

  Inauguration Day weather forecast: Clear skies but breezy and cold While this will be an Inauguration Day like no other, the weather on Wednesday will not be all that unusual for mid-January in Washington, D.C. , forecasters said. Your browser does not support this video As President-elect Joe Biden's term begins at noon, the temperature should be in the upper 30s or near 40 degrees, according to AccuWeather. The average temperature at noon on Jan. 20 in Washington is around 37 degrees, the National Weather Service said. Winds are forecast to be on the breezy and blustery side, however, which will drop the wind chills down into the upper 20s. Start the day smarter.

a group of people standing around a plane: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. © Alex Brandon/AP President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington.

In his speech, Trump reflected on his accomplishments over the past four years. Though he did not mention Biden or Vice President-elect Kamala Harris by name, he said he wishes the "new administration great luck and great success." At the conclusion of his speech, Trump pledged, "We will be back in some form."

"Have a good life -- we will see you soon," he told supporters.

Show of unity during Wednesday morning mass

In a contrast with Trump, Biden worked to depict unity and a peaceful transfer of power early Wednesday.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: President-elect Joe Biden is joined by his wife Jill Biden as they celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle during Inauguration Day ceremonies, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. © Evan Vucci/AP President-elect Joe Biden is joined by his wife Jill Biden as they celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle during Inauguration Day ceremonies, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington.

Biden, who often spoke openly about his Catholic faith while campaigning, began the day when he will become president by attending Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C.

He was joined by top congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle -- including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, outgoing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy -- in a show of bipartisan unity.

a person wearing a suit and tie: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife Elaine Chao, former U.S. secretary of transportation, attend Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle during Inauguration Day ceremonies, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. © Evan Vucci/AP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife Elaine Chao, former U.S. secretary of transportation, attend Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle during Inauguration Day ceremonies, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington.

The future first lady Jill Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff also attended the church service Wednesday morning.

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