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El gráfico muestra la bandera Betsy Ross, la Bandera de 13 estrellas de la Armada de EUA y la actual bandera de 50 estrellas.
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Las banderas en la investidura del presidente Biden

By Duncan Mil

El tema de la investidura del presidente electo Joe Biden el 20 de enero será "America United” (Estados Unidos Unido), anunció el lunes (11 de enero) el Comité de la Investidura Presidencial. El tema es una referencia a la promesa de Biden de unir al país cuando ocupe el cargo.

Bidens’s inauguration as the 46th President of the United States of America will take place against a backdrop of 7.2-metre (25-foot) banners symbolizing the United States’ history.

The five flags are being handmade by lead seamstress Lucille Rodriguez and her team at San Antonio-based Dixie Flag and Banner. Rodriguez’s team makes two Besty Ross flags, two 13-star U.S Navy flags, and one present-day American flag with 50 stars.

Inauguration ceremonies always feature the Betsy Ross and current flag. However, two of the flags represent the incoming President, explained Vanessa Van de Putte, Dixie Flag and Banner president and CEO. The two 13-star U.S Navy flags represent Biden’s Pennsylvania home state, one of the 13 original colonies.

The original use of the thirteen-star flag originated one year after the Continental Congress drafted and adopted the Declaration of Independence in July 1776. The resolution creating the first official flag in 1777 stated, “that the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white, that the union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation.” 

Dixie Flag and Banner Company have been in charge of making customized, hand-sewn U.S. flags for the past six presidential inaugurations, dating back to George W. Bush’s in 2000.

American flags carry so much symbolism, Van de Putte said. She added she hopes the Dixie-made flags bring viewers a sense of unity during these difficult times.

As part of the America United theme, the National Mall will also display a “Field of Flags” comprised of 191,500 U.S. flags and 56 pillars of light. The exhibit represents Americans who cannot travel to Washington DC, to attend the inauguration in person due to the coronavirus pandemic.

PUBLISHED: 14/01/2021; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Associated Press, Getty Images
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