The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced on Thursday that it will host a nationwide commemoration in recognition of those who died of the coronavirus from the day before President-elect Biden was sworn in.
The committee stated that it will hold a “National Moment of Unity and Remembrance” at 5:30 pm Eastern Time on January 19, inviting cities and towns across the country to light up their buildings and ring church bells. The ceremony will also be held in the Reflecting Pool of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.
“The inauguration of President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris represents the beginning of a new national journey,”
“However, in a pandemic, when so many Americans are saddened by the loss of their families, friends and neighbors, it is important that we mourn the victims and reflect on one of the most difficult times in this country. History, and reaffirm us. Commitment to work together to end the pandemic and rebuild the country.”
The memorial will contrast sharply with the leadership of President Donald Trump during the pandemic. Trump is often criticized for his lack of compassion during the Covid-19 crisis, and for not meeting with families who have lost loved ones or Covid-19 survivors as the president did during the national crisis.
More than 340,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus, and more than 19.6 million people have been diagnosed with Covid-19.