Photos: Over 650,000 white flags commemorate pandemic's toll on the U.S.

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As the number of Americans who have died of COVID-19 surpasses the U.S. death toll of the 1918-19 influenza pandemic, a new art installation in Washington commemorates those lost.

The installation, a concept by artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, includes more than 650,000 small white flags, some with personal messages to those who have died, planted across 20 acres of the National Mall.

A woman sits on a bench amid rows of small white flags in the grass

Elizabeth Cooper sits on a bench looking at the “In America: Remember” public art installation on the National Mall on Monday.

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A couple hold hands walking between grids of small white flags in the grass

People stroll through the blocks of small white flags on the National Mall on Saturday.

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A person stands at the corner of four blocks of white flags in the grass, seen from above

An aerial view of the “In America: Remember” art installation on the National Mall.

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An in memoriam message written in black ink on a small white flag, with the Washington Monument in the background

Some of the flags include personal messages for those who have died of COVID-19.

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Aerial view of someone walking on a pathway between blocks of white flags planted in the grass

A visitor walks through the 20 acres of small white flags.

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Rows of small white flags, with the White House in the far background

The White House is seen in the distance from the “In America: Remember” installation.

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A man in a bicycle helmet sits on the grass next to rows of white flags

A visitor sits near one of the many blocks of small white flags.

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A woman bends over to place a small white flag in the grass, near the Washington Monument

George Washington University student Lily Nikias helps put flags into the ground at the “In America: Remember” art installation Monday.

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Photo editing by Keith Bedford

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