The Most Striking Photos From Inauguration Day

These images of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are ones for the history books.

On Wednesday, Jan. 20, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in as the 46th U.S. president and vice president respectively, with the latter making history as the country's first woman, first Black person, and first person of South Asian descent to take on the role. After being sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts, Biden gave a speech highlighting the country's need to come together just two weeks after a mob stormed the Capitol building where the inauguration took place. In his speech, Biden promised to "unite our people"; mourned the loss of lives due to COVID-19, urging Americans to "face this pandemic as one nation"; and declared that "democracy has prevailed." After they were both sworn in, Harris saw off her predecessor, former Vice President Mike Pence, and the new administration participated in a series of ceremonies and traditions before getting to work. Read on to see some of the most striking photos from this historic inauguration day, and for one detail you may have missed, learn The Real Reason So Many People Wore This at the Inauguration.

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President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive for his inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.

President-elect Joe Biden (R) and incoming US First Lady Jill Biden arrive for his inauguration as the 46th US President, on the West Front of the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 20, 2021
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The Bidens walk out as they're announced for the 46th presidential inauguration ceremony.

President-elect Joe Biden and incoming US First Lady Jill Biden arrive to the Inauguration ceremony on the West Front of the US Capitol on January 20, 2021, in Washington, DC
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Kamala Harris, flanked by her husband Doug Emhoff, is sworn in as the 46th U.S. vice president by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Kamala Harris, flanked by her husband Doug Emhoff, is sworn in as the 46th US Vice President by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on January 20, 2021, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC.
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Dr. Biden places her hands on her husband's shoulders during his inauguration ceremony.

Incoming US First Lady Jill Biden (L) places her hands on US President-elect Joe Biden during his inauguration as US President, on the West Front of the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 20, 2021.
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Kamala Harris is embraced by her husband after being sworn in.

Kamala Harris is embraced by her husband Doug Emhoff after being sworn in as the 46th US Vice President by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on January 20, 2021, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC.
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Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts.

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts, as Jill Biden and their children Ashley and Hunter look on on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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The president, first lady, and their children Ashley and Hunter embrace as Vice President Harris and former Vice President Mike Pence look on.

President Joe Biden(R) is comforted by his son Hunter Biden and First Lady Jill Biden after being sworn in during the presidential inauguration in Washington, DC on the West Front of the US Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC
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Former U.S. President Barack Obama hugs his former vice president and now President Joe Biden during the inauguration ceremony.

Former US President Barack Obama (R) hugs US President Joe Biden during the Presidential Inauguration ceremony on January 20, 2021, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC.
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Obama bumps fists with Vice President Harris.

Former US President Barack Obama (L) bumps fists with US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as they arrive for the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th US President, on the West Front of the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 20, 2021
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Vice President Harris, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, former Vice President Pence, and former Second Lady Karen Pence talk on the steps of the U.S. Capitol following the inauguration.

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff speak with former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and former Second Lady Karen Pence on the steps of the East Front of the U.S. Capitol following the inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC
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President Biden, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Vice President Harris, and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff attend a Pass in Review ceremony, hosted by the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region.

President Joe Biden, first lady Dr. Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff attend a Pass in Review ceremony, hosted by the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol after the Presidential Inauguration on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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President Biden signs three documents including an inauguration declaration, cabinet nominations, and sub-cabinet nomination after the inauguration.

President Joe Biden signs three documents including an Inauguration declaration, cabinet nominations and sub-cabinet nominations, as US Vice President Kamala Harris (R) watches in the Presidents Room at the US Capitol after the inauguration ceremony making Biden the 46th President of the United States on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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The Obamas, Bushes, and Clintons attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier after the inauguration.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, and former U.S. President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, and former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier after the President Joe Biden's Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol January 20, 2021 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
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President Biden and Vice President Harris bow at the wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris attend a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier after Presidential Inauguration ceremony at the U.S. Capitol January 20, 2021 in Arlington, Virginia
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Vice President Harris and her family members walk an abbreviated inauguration parade route to the White House.

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and family members walk the abbreviated parade route after U.S. President Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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The president and first lady walk along Pennsylvania Avenue with the rest of the Biden family.

President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden walk along Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House during Inaugural celebrations, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.
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The Bidens walk past the flags of the 50 states as they arrive at the White House after Biden's inauguration.

U.S. President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden arrive at the White House after Biden's inauguration on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. Biden became the 46th president of the United States earlier today during the ceremony at the U.S. Capitol.
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The Bidens wave from the North Portico of the White House.

President Joe Biden and first lady Dr. Jill Biden wave as they arrive at the North Portico of the White House, on January 20, 2021, in Washington, DC. United States.
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President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden hug before entering the White House with their family.

President Joe Biden and first lady Dr. Jill Biden hug as they arrive at the North Portico of the White House, on January 20, 2021, in Washington, DC.
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And for what 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue looked like earlier today, check out The Last Photos of Donald Trump at the White House.

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