More Than 610,000 White Flags to be Installed on National Mall in September to Honor Coronavirus Victims


Hundreds of thousands of white flags will be planted on the National Mall for several weeks in September as part of a public installation commemorating the Americans who have died from COVID-19.

The In America: Remember” exhibit will feature more than 610,000 white flags on 20 acres near the Washington Monument  and the National Museum of African and African American History and Culture from Sept. 17 through Oct 3.

Visitors are invited to personalize the small flags for someone they have lost during the pandemic. Those who are unable to visit can dedicate a flag to someone they lost to COVID-19 via the exhibit’s website.

Volunteers will hand write the message on the flag and a digital version of the message will appear on the exhibit’s website.

The project was created by Maryland artist Suzanne Brennan Firsternberg, who carried out the first iteration of “In America” last fall. More than 267,000 white flags were planted on four acres outside RFK Stadium. The exhibition ran out of space due to the mounting death toll.

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SOURCE: The Hill, Joseph Guzman

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