This image of Washington D.C.’s National Mall was collected by the GeoEye-1 satellite on Jan. 20, 2009 to commemorate the inauguration of President Barack Obama. The image shows the monuments along the National Mall and masses of people between the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial, as well as ice on the Potomac River, at left.

Satellite image courtesy GeoEye

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U.S. presidential inaugurations are celebrated in many ways, with some standard traditions.