US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Tuesday (native time) paid tribute to the 1000’s of lives misplaced to the Covid-19 pandemic at a memorial held by the reflecting pool on the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington.
“To heal, we must remember,” the President-elect stated. “It is hard sometimes to remember, but that is how we heal. It is important to do that as a nation. That is why we are here today. Between sundown and dusk, let us shine the lights in the darkness along this sacred pool of reflection and remember all that we have lost.”
Biden and Harris held their first inauguration-related occasion in Washington on Tuesday night time (native time). They have been accompanied by their spouses, the incoming first girl and gentleman Jill Biden and Doug Emhoff.
Speaking on the memorial, Harris stated she hopes Americans emerge from the ordeal of the pandemic “with a new wisdom — to cherish simple moments, to imagine new possibilities and to open our hearts just a little bit more to one another.”
“We gather tonight, a nation in mourning, to pay tribute to the lives we have lost: a grandmother or grandfather who was our whole world; a parent, partner, sibling or friend who we still cannot accept is no longer here,” she stated. “And for many months, we have grieved by ourselves. Tonight, we grieve and begin healing together.”
There are 400 lights illuminating the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in tribute to the greater than 400,000 individuals who have misplaced their lives resulting from Covid-19 within the US, CNN reported.
Hundreds of cities, cities and communities throughout the nation plan to affix within the solemn tribute with lighting ceremonies of their very own at buildings from the Empire State Building in New York to the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington.
Washington Archbishop Wilton Gregory, who in November grew to become the primary Black American to earn the rank of cardinal, delivered the invocation. Gospel singer Yolanda Adams sang “Hallelujah,” and Lori Marie Key, a Covid-19 ward nurse from Michigan, sang “Amazing Grace.” Key gained nationwide consideration final yr when a video of her singing the hymn throughout a hospital shift change went viral, Washington Post reported.
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