Three key events happen over the next three days: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan. 18; the first National Victims of COVID-19 Memorial on Jan. 19; and Presidential Inauguration events on Jan. 20.
January 18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: "United We Serve"
Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 18th, has a theme of "United We Serve". As usual, MLK Day is celebrated as both a holiday and a day of service. Today is a day to honor the civil rights activist by continuing his work. This year's theme is "United We Serve". How will you serve today to honor King's legacy this year?
Jan. 19: First National COVID Memorial
A "national moment of unity and remembrance" memorial honoring those who have died from the coronavirus will be held, with cities and towns invited to light up their buildings and ring church bells at 5:30 p.m. EST on Jan. 19th. This is the first national vigil honoring victims of COVID-19.
Jan. 20: Inauguration Day
Citizens are encouraged to watch the event from the safety of their own homes, as part of the efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Broadcasts begin at 8:30 am EST.
A major public art display titled a "Field of Flags" will be installed on the National Mall, featuring 191,500 U.S. flags and 56 pillars of light meant to symbolize every U.S. state and territory, and “the American people who are unable to travel” to the capital to celebrate.
Image courtesy of the US government.
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