Inauguration Recap

Elizabeth St. Hilaire, Author

On January 20, 2021, Joseph R. Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. His inauguration, however, was very different from past presidents’. While most of the normal traditions were kept, there were a few differences. The first being the crowd (or lack thereof). About 200,000 American flags stood in the National Mall where people would usually stand. There were 56 pillars of light standing next to the flags that represented America’s states and territories. The main event began as Kamala Harris took her oath. Shortly after Harris, President Joe Biden was sworn in, and he delivered his inaugural address. In his patriotic speech, he made sure to touch on the fact that he is America’s president, and he made a promise to repair, rebuild, and restore our nation. Once his address was finished, poet Amanda Gorman recited her piece, “The Hill We Climb.” Many other artists performed, including Lady Gaga singing the National Anthem. The day came to an end with a stunning display of fireworks over the White House. Even though it was a very different event than previous years, President Joe Biden’s inauguration was nothing short of spectacular.