Joe Biden and Kamala Harris prayed for the COVID dead in their first joint appearance in DC on Tuesday
The ceremony was held as the US reached the grim milestone of more than 400,000 coronavirus deaths
In a speech, Biden said ‘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. That’s why we’re here today,’ Biden said. ‘Between sundown and dusk let us shine the lights in the darkness, along the sacred pool of reflection and remember all we lost.’
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris offered her own remarks before him.
‘We gather tonight a nation in mourning to pay tribute to the lives we have lost.
A grandmother or grandfather who was our whole world. A parent, partner, sibling or friend who we still cannot accept is no longer here.’
‘Tonight we grieve and begin healing. Tonight though we may be physically separated, we, the American people, are united in spirit,’ Harris said.
Overnight, the United States surpassed 400,000 Covid-19 deaths, according to an NBC News tally. As of early Tuesday morning, the U.S. has reported 400,103 coronavirus-related deaths and 24,177,574 cases. In the past two weeks, an average of 3,286 people in the country have died from the disease each day.
President Donald Trump has no public events on his schedule Tuesday, his final full day in office. Vice President Mike Pence will spend his final full day in office leading a Covid-19 task force meeting in the White House Situation Room.