To set the tone for his inauguration the next day, President-elect JoeBiden will lead a memorial to remember and honor lives lost to COVID-19, with church-bell ringings and light shows across the country on Tuesday, January 19, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. ET.
The Presidential Inauguration Committee announced on the morning of Thursday, December 31, that a D.C. ceremony, led by President-Elect Biden, will feature lights around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool — the first time lighting around the Reflecting Pool has memorialized American lives lost.
“PIC is inviting cities and towns around the country to join Washington, D.C., in illuminating buildings and ringing church bells at 5:30 p.m. ET [15 minutes after sunset] in a national moment of unity and remembrance,” the committee says.
PIC communications director Pili Tobar said in a statement: “The inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris represents the beginning of a new national journey.”
“However, in the midst of a pandemic — when so many Americans are grieving the loss of family, friends, and neighbors — it is important that we honor those who have died, reflect on what has been one of the more challenging periods in the nation’s history, and renew our commitment to coming together to end the pandemic and rebuild our nation.”
It is not clear if Biden or Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will attend the event.
To date, Donald Trump has not honored those lost to Covid.