Empire State Building lights on eve of Biden inauguration to honor COVID-19 victims

Empire State Building lights on eve of Biden inauguration to honor COVID-19 victims
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The Empire State Building will be among several buildings across the country to light up on the eve of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenMilitary must better understand sexual assaults to combat them The Hill's Equilibrium — Presented by NextEra Energy — Tasmanian devil wipes out penguin population On The Money: Democrats make full-court press on expanded child tax credit | White House confident Congress will raise debt ceiling MORE’s inauguration in honor of the Americans who died due to COVID-19.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced on Monday that the Manhattan skyscraper will light up as part of a “national moment of unity” at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Other buildings expected to participate include the Space Needle in Seattle as well as places in Atlanta, Las Vegas and Biden's hometown of Wilmington, Del.

The committee first announced the lighting ceremony in late December, in which the Lincoln Memorial’s reflecting pool will be lit. Biden, incoming first lady Jill BidenJill BidenBiden, Harris send well wishes for Father's Day Jill Biden remembers her father, celebrates President Biden on Father's Day Bidens announce death of their German shepherd, Champ MORE, Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story A healthier planet and economy is worth fighting for Watch live: Harris gives remarks on the child tax credit MORE and her husband, Douglas EmhoffDoug EmhoffThe Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to go-it-alone on infrastructure as bipartisan plan falters Harris highlights COVID-19 vaccination safety, efficacy in SC event to kick off tour MORE, will be in Washington, D.C. participating in the ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial.


Cardinal Wilton Gregory, the first Black U.S. Cardinal, will deliver the invocation. Gospel music icon Yolanda Adams and Lori Marie Key will also perform.

A video of Key, who is a nurse, singing Amazing Grace during a shift change at a hospital in Michigan went viral early last year.

PIC CEO Tony Allen said in a statement that the inauguration “represents the beginning of a new national journey — one that renews its commitment to honor its fallen and rise toward greater heights in their honor.”

“In that spirit, it is important that we pay tribute to those we have lost — and their families — and come together to unite our country, contain this virus, and rebuild our nation,” Allen said.