Preparations for Joe Biden's inauguration are well and truly underway but, thanks to the horrifying riots that took place at Capitol Hill earlier this month, security is tighter than ever...
As these photos show.
Today, numerous photos have been trickling in from Washington D.C that demonstrate the sheer scale of the security required for tomorrow's ceremony.
Keep scrolling to see them for yourselves...
Now, the run-up to Biden's inauguration has been a tense one, to say the least.
Since his election victory on November 7th, our country has experienced political tensions like never before.
Most people argue that Biden's win was a fair one...
After 4 long days of vote counting - and plenty of recounting - the Democrat was projected as the forty-sixth President of the United States.
However, people on the other side of the political spectrum have been arguing otherwise.
President Trump instantly attacked Biden's win with several unproven accusations of electoral fraud - and, of course, his loyal supporters added fuel to the flames with gusto.
Trump has been doing everything in his power to fight the election result...
But, on January 6th, enraged pro-Trumpers took matters into their own hands.
After repeated instructions by the president to "fight for the White House," hundreds of his supporters stormed the U.S Capitol...
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During which a joint session of Congress had convened to formally count the Electoral College votes and certify Joe Biden's election win.
Things quickly became violent...
And the world watched on, horrified, as the building was overtaken and vandalized by the rioters.
It was clear to see that the police were completely overwhelmed...
And disgracefully underprepared.
So, as the preparations for Biden's inauguration ceremony tomorrow get underway...
Security is tighter than ever before.
And today, shocking photos from Washington D.C have been slowly trickling in...
And they demonstrate just how seriously the authorities will be taking tomorrow's event, and the measures taken to ensure there will be no repeat of the scenes from January 6th.
Scroll on to see a selection of some of the most resounding photos...
1. Biden Harris barriers are erected outside of the White House.
2. Members of the military take part in a dress rehearsal at the U.S Capitol.
3. Police tape restricts access to the U.S Capitol Building ahead of the ceremony.
4. White House Marine sentries rehearse the arrival of President-elect Joe Biden next to a window smashed by Capitol rioters on January 6th.
5. Members of the Secret Service guard the expanded protective perimeter around the White House.
6. A sign erected on the grounds of the White House instructs that weapons are prohibited.
7. A checkpoint is seen north-east of the White House - after last week's riots, the FBI has warned of additional threats in the nation's capital, particularly on inauguration day.
8. Members of the National Guard patrol the streets of Washington D.C.
9. A National Guardsman mans a security checkpoint near the U.S Capitol.
10. A National Guardsman walks past a digital Wanted poster seeking information on the U.S. Capitol riots.
11. A K-9 unit patrols residential streets near a security perimeter in Washington D.C.
12. Trucks act as barriers on the street ahead of the fifty-ninth inaugural ceremony.
13. National Guard troops prepare their riot shields before entering a security perimeter near the Washington Monument.
14. Armed members of the National Guard patrol the National Mall.
15. An unmarked cop car patrols the streets surrounding the Capitol Building.
So, there you have it. For more on tomorrow's inauguration, scroll on...