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‘A great day for democracy’: Lincoln Memorial inspires crowds on historic day

Visitors to the huge statue of the president who saved the union celebrate what they see as renewal of values of freedom and civil rights

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The Lincoln Memorial in Washington has seen presidents come and presidents go. It has seen America go to the brink only to snatch redemption from the jaws of disaster. On Saturday it saw Joe Biden elected and Donald Trump fired.

There was a mixture of jubilation and relief among visitors here as the sun set on the reflecting pool and glorious autumn foliage, and car horns honked all around. There are always people posing for photos in front of the huge marble statue of a seated Abraham Lincoln; this time some of them clutched “Biden-Harris” signs.

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