On Tuesday evening, the nation paid tribute to over 400,000 lives lost to COVID-19.
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris held a special memorial service yesterday to honor and remember the tragic loss of hundreds of thousands of lives throughout the course of the pandemic. The memorial began at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C., where Biden and Harris spoke in remembrance of the victims.
Last night Philadelphia joined other cities across America by turning their lights to orange during the National Covid Memorial, for those lost to the pandemic. 🧡 #PhillyLove #WearYourMask 😷 pic.twitter.com/24ElhbxN55
— DJ Robert Drake 🏳️🌈 (@DJRobertDrake) January 20, 2021
The Reflecting Pool was lit, as cities and towns across the nation joined in by lighting up buildings and ringing church bells in a “national moment of unity and remembrance.”
In Philly, Mayor Jim Kenney lit up several landmarks including the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and Boat House Row.
Tonight, we honored the many lives lost to COVID-19 and joined communities across our country in mourning. At a time when we are all grieving, this was a much-needed moment of unity and remembrance. #COVIDMemorial pic.twitter.com/2s7yrkxLSV
— Jim #MaskUpPHL Kenney (@PhillyMayor) January 20, 2021
“Tonight, we honored the many lives lost to COVID-19 and joined communities across our country in mourning,” tweeted Kenney. “At a time when we are all grieving, this was a much-needed moment of unity and remembrance.”
The PECO building and the Wells Fargo were also lit up in amber to commemorate the lives lost to COVID-19 turning the Philly skyline into a breathtaking and emotive sea of amber.
In Washington DC, President Joe Biden addressed the nation encouraging everyone to remember the loss of more than 400,000 American lives. “Between sundown and dusk let us shine the lights on the darkness along the sacred pool of reflection and remember all we lost.”
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