Photos: Scenes from Washington, one year after the Capitol insurrection

Congressional members in a prayer vigil on the east front of the U.S. Capitol to mark the anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack.
Congressional members and staff participate in a prayer vigil on the east front of the U.S. Capitol to mark the anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack.
(Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times)
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President Biden on Thursday forcefully condemned Donald Trump’s election “Big Lie” that sparked the deadly breach of the Capitol by his supporters and continues to motivate deep national division. Biden marked the anniversary of the insurrection by declaring he will stand and fight for “the soul of America.”

“For the first time in our history, a president not just lost an election, he tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power as a violent mob breached the Capitol,” Biden said. “But they failed.”

The president and congressional Democrats started the day in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall, one of several spots where rioters swarmed a year ago and interrupted the electoral count.

Charles and Gladys Sicknick hold candles at an outdoor vigil
Charles and Gladys Sicknick, the parents of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died as a consequence of defending the Capitol last Jan. 6, participate in a prayer vigil.
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Capitol Police officers outside the Capitol in the early morning light
Capitol Police officers stand on the East Plaza as the Capitol is illuminated by the rising sun Thursday.
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President Biden, seen from behind, delivers remarks from Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol
President Biden speaks in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, one year after an insurrectionist mob stormed the building in hopes of interrupting the certification of his election victory.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

Trump supporters gather in the U.S. capital to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral college victory over President Trump.

President Biden speaks in Statuary Hall of the Capitol on Thursday.
President Biden speaks in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall on Thursday.
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President Biden walks with Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer past a statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Capitol
President Biden walks with Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer past a statue of Abraham Lincoln after arriving at the Capitol on Thursday.
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President Biden departs Statuary Hall
President Biden departs after his speech in Statuary Hall.
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Capitol Police officers walk carrying duffle bags outside the Capitol
U.S. Capitol Police officers disperse after a morning roll call in front of the Capitol Hill.
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The U.S. Capitol is seen in the background, with the base of the Washington Monument in the right foreground
The U.S. Capitol as seen from the base of the Washington Monument on Thursday.
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President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris walk into Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol.
President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris walk into Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol before delivering remarks on the anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack.
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