Biden, Harris speak from Lincoln Memorial about lives lost to COVID-19

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“Though we may be physically separated, we the American people are united in spirit,” Harris said.

Incoming Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, incoming US First Lady Jill Biden, and President-elect Joe Biden watch as a COVID-19 Memorial is lit at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Jan. 19, 2021 to honor the lives of those lost to the coronavirus.JIM WATSON 

By Samantha Kubota
As the nation marked 400,000 deaths from the coronavirus on Tuesday morning, the president-elect and vice president-elect honored the memory of those we have lost in a somber ceremony ahead of their inauguration on Wednesday.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris both spoke at the Lincoln Memorial before the Presidential Inaugural Committee lit 400 lights surrounding the reflecting pool.

“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,” Harris said in her remarks. “For many months we have grieved by ourselves. Tonight, we grieve and begin healing together.”

“Though we may be physically separated, we the American people are united in spirit. And my abiding hope, my abiding prayer, is that we emerge from this ordeal with a new wisdom: to cherish simple moments. To imagine new possibilities. And to open our hearts just a little bit more to one another.”

Biden spoke last and kept his remarks short. He first thanked the nurse who sang “Amazing Grace,” before adding the country has to remember and heal together.

“To heal, we must remember that 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,” he said. “Between sundown and dusk, let us shine the lights in the darkness along the sacred pool of reflection, remembering all whom we’ve lost.”