By Garrett Radke
February 21, 2013
I am an official National Park Service Photographer. A big part of my job is to capture moments of people appreciating our national parks. I am the photographer and the NPS owns the copyright to this picture. It has been made public domain and thus I have the right to give you permission to use it. This image captures the crowds waving American flags as they eagerly await the start of the ceremony.
Encompassing presidential and war memorials as well as being the site of numerous festivals and events, the National Mall provides the civic stage for our American democracy.