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Biden and Harris honor COVID-19 victims on eve of inauguration

Biden honors 400,000 U.S. COVID deaths
Biden honors 400,000 U.S. COVID deaths 16:10

Washington — President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris attended a memorial service honoring the 400,000 Americans who have died of COVID-19 at the Lincoln Memorial on Tuesday.

The ceremony, hosted by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, featured 400 lights turned on around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. 

"To heal, we must remember. It's hard, sometimes, to remember. But that's how we heal. It's important to do that as a nation," Mr. Biden said in brief remarks, before taking a moment of silence before the array of lights set up alongside the pool.

Mr. Biden's appearance at the Lincoln Memorial came the day before he is set to be inaugurated at the U.S. Capitol. The National Mall is currently closed to visitors due to security concerns surrounding the inauguration, and instead features thousands of flags representing Americans who cannot attend the inauguration in person due to the pandemic.

Harris delivered brief remarks at the event before introducing Lori Key, a Detroit nurse who has served COVID-19 patients, who sang the hymn "Amazing Grace" at the ceremony.

"Tonight, we grieve and begin healing together. Though we may be physically separated, we the American people are united in spirit," Harris said.

Mr. Biden departed his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, for the final time before he is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States at noon on Wednesday.

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