Washington DC : President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris held a brief, somber ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial at dusk on Tuesday to remember the more than 400,000 Americans who have died during the Covid pandemic. national loss.
“To heal we must remember,” Biden said before 400 lights were illuminated along the perimeter of the Reflecting Pool, each symbolizing 1,000 Americans who lost their lives during the pandemic. “It’s hard sometimes to remember. But that’s how we heal. It’s important to do that as a nation.”
Kamala Harris who joined Joe and Jill Biden with her husband Doug Emhoff , said “For many months, we have grieved by ourselves. Tonight, we grieve and begin healing together. Though we may be physically separated, we the American people are united in spirit.”
The ceremony on the eve of Biden’s inauguration, kicked off a “national moment of unity and remembrance” with commemorations at the Empire State Building in New York, the Space Needle in Seattle and other landmarks. It offered a stark contrast to the efforts of President Trump, who has repeatedly played down the severity of the pandemic and has led no national mourning for the hundreds of thousands of victims of Covid-19.
As President, Biden will call for an aggressive strategy for bringing the virus under control.