27 Oct 2020


In America: How Could This Happen?

As you drive out East Capitol Street, you are confronted with this question – and the (constantly increasing) number of deaths from Covid-19 in the United States.
Behind the sign is a sea of white flags, each one of which represents one death
The installation is the work of Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, who spent two months getting the necessary permits for the installation
She is assisted by a large number of volunteers. After the space was laid out last week, over the weekend some 90% of the flags were installed
Visitors can add names to the flags to remember loved ones lost to the disease
Or they can grab a bundle of flags and plant them – six inches apart, please
It makes for a remarkable backdrop for pictures
And the squirrels are always happy to pose
Two miles away, the Statue of Freedom looks down on the installation
The DC Air National Guard F-16 taking off over the flags
But the overall impression is that this…is a lot of flags
If you can’t make it out in person, you can follow the progress via live cam

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