Washington, February 22
President Joe Biden led Americans in observing a moment of silence on Monday to commemorate the grim milestone of greater than 5,00,000 US deaths from COVID-19, urging Americans to put aside partisan variations and struggle the pandemic collectively.
“Today we mark a truly grim, heartbreaking milestone — 5,00,071 dead. That’s more Americans who have died in one year in this pandemic than in World War One, World War Two and the Vietnam War combined,” Biden stated in emotional remarks on the White House.
“But as we acknowledge the scale of this mass death in America, we remember each person and the life they lived. They’re people we knew,” he added.
Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, first woman Jill Biden and second gentleman Doug Emhoff marked a moment of silence round 6:15 p.m. (2315 GMT) outdoor on the White House after the president’s remarks, bowing their heads sombrely.
As many as 500 lit candles lined the White House steps to commemorate the lifeless and a army band performed a hovering rendition of “Amazing Grace”.
Biden ordered that each one flags on federal properties and army services be lowered to half-staff till Friday at sundown to commemorate the lifeless.
The President referred to as on Americans to stay vigilant in preventing the pandemic by persevering with to put on masks, observe social distancing and obtain vaccinations when it’s their flip.
“We must end the politics and misinformation that has divided families, communities and the country, and has cost too many lives already. It’s not Democrats and Republicans who are dying from the virus. It’s our fellow Americans,” Biden stated, including: “We have to fight this together as one people, as the United States of America.” Reuters