This evening, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will lead a pre-inaugural ceremony honoring the Americans who have died of COVID-19.
Gathering at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, the ceremony will feature 400 lights, each lit to remember approximately 1,000 people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. This will be the first time in U.S. history that the Reflecting Pool has been lit in remembrance of American lives lost.
After the ceremony begins in Washington, DC at 5:30 pm Tuesday, similar memorials will launch around the country in locations including the Empire State Building and Seattle’s Space Needle. Across the country, hospitals and landmarks will be lit in a light amber color as part of a National Moment of Unity and Remembrance.
All Americans are encouraged to participate in the remembrance from home by ringing a bell at 5:30 pm EST and lighting a candle in a window at 5:30 local time.
Anyone can watch the official ceremony in Washington, DC via live video on the president-elect’s social media channels.