In commemoration of the inauguration of President Joe Bidden and VP Kamala Harris, over 200,000 U.S. flags were used to represent patriotic Americans who couldn’t attend the event physically due to Covid-19 and security concerns.
Accompanying the Field of Flags was an installation of 56 Pillars of Light that represents all 50 states, the capital and the five U.S. territories: American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The 56 Pillars of Light lit up to pay homage to the 400,000 American lives lost to the pandemic.
The “Celebrating America” inauguration concert, a 90-minute prime-time special programme wrapped up activities of the day with star-studded performances, messages of hope and colourful fireworks.
Hosted live from Washington D.C. by Tom Hanks, one of America’s most loved actors who braved the cold winter’s night to celebrate the 46th United States President and Vice-President.
Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama also delivered special messages while sending the POTUS words of encouragement and wishing him success for the good of the country.
“Celebrating America” portrayed the diversity and talent in America, with artists performing virtually from various “iconic locations across the country.”
Bruce Springsteen‘s lyrics of “faith will be rewarded” kicked off the concert. While Jon Bon Jovi covered “Here Comes The Sun,” Justin Timberlake and Ant Clemons duetted on “Better Days,” John Legend sang Nina Simone’s classic “I’m Feeling Good” and the Foo Fighters delivered “Times Like These….I’m a new day rising!”
Demi Lovato later rendered “Lovely Day” and saving the best for last was an unannounced appearance; Katy Perry who performed sonorously as fireworks lit the sky.
Other cameo appearances included Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria, basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, chef José Andrés, labor leader Dolores Huerta, Major League Baseball’s first female general manager Kim Ng and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Watch “Celebrating America” inauguration concert below: