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  • The evening before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony will center on memorializing COVID-19 victims.
  • He will also discuss his plans to beat back the virus.

On the day before Inauguration Day, Jan. 19, 2021, President-elect Joe Biden plans on holding a memorial service honoring those who have died due to COVID-19, incorporating church bells and cross-country light shows into the service. 

Axios reports that the Presidential Inauguration Committee will be making the formal announcement on Thursday morning.

The ceremony will be held in Washington, D.C., and led by Biden before he takes the oath of office. There will be a choreographed light show surrounding the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool to memorialize the lives lost during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Part of Biden’s inaugural speech will also discuss how his administration plans on tackling the virus. 

The Presidential Inauguration Committee has previously issued announcements urging Americans to participate in the ceremony remotely to reduce COVID-19 spread.

“Our goal is to create an inauguration that keeps people safe, honors the grand traditions of the Presidency, and showcases the Biden-Harris Administration’s renewed American vision for an inclusive, equitable, and unified citizenry,” CEO Tony Allen said in a Dec. 15 statement.

Published on Dec 31, 2020