Photos: Over 650,000 white flags commemorate pandemic’s toll on the U.S.

Helicopter flies over the National Mall, with grids of small white flags planted in the grass
Marine One, carrying President Biden, flies over the “In America: Remember” public art installation near the Washington Monument on Monday. The installation, a concept by artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, includes more than 650,000 small white flags, some with personal messages to those who have died of COVID-19.
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As the number of Americans who have died of COVID-19 surpasses the U.S. death toll of the 1918-19 influenza pandemic, a new art installation in Washington commemorates those lost.

The installation, a concept by artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, includes more than 650,000 small white flags, some with personal messages to those who have died, planted across 20 acres of the National Mall.

A woman sits on a bench amid rows of small white flags in the grass
Elizabeth Cooper sits on a bench looking at the “In America: Remember” public art installation on the National Mall on Monday.
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A couple hold hands walking between grids of small white flags in the grass
People stroll through the blocks of small white flags on the National Mall on Saturday.
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A person stands at the corner of four blocks of white flags in the grass, seen from above
An aerial view of the “In America: Remember” art installation on the National Mall.
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An in memoriam message written in black ink on a small white flag, with the Washington Monument in the background
Some of the flags include personal messages for those who have died of COVID-19.
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Aerial view of someone walking on a pathway between blocks of white flags planted in the grass
A visitor walks through the 20 acres of small white flags.
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Rows of small white flags, with the White House in the far background
The White House is seen in the distance from the “In America: Remember” installation.
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A man in a bicycle helmet sits on the grass next to rows of white flags
A visitor sits near one of the many blocks of small white flags.
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A woman bends over to place a small white flag in the grass, near the Washington Monument
George Washington University student Lily Nikias helps put flags into the ground at the “In America: Remember” art installation Monday.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)
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Photo editing by Keith Bedford