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[WATCH] President, FLOTUS, VP, & First Gentleman Honor COVID19 Dead

[WATCH] President, FLOTUS, VP, & First Gentleman Honor COVID19 Dead

As the United States passed the grim milestone of half a million deaths from COVID19 on Monday, President Joe Biden led a ceremony at the White House to honor those lives lost to a pandemic that could have been prevented with earlier action from the previous administration. Joined by First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff, President Biden addressed the pain the country has been experiencing and how the loss of life has impacted families all over America.

The President delivered an emotional speech, speaking to the pain of loss from his own personal experience. An Army band played a somber version of “Amazing Grace” as the steps to the White House blazed with the lights of 500 candles, representing the 500,000 dead.

US President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, US Vice President Kamala Harris, and her husband, Doug Emhoff, hold a moment of silence and candlelight ceremony in honor of those who lost their lives to Coronavirus on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, February 22, 2021. – President Joe Biden called the milestone of more than 500,000 US deaths from Covid-19 “heartbreaking” on Monday and urged the country to unite against the pandemic.
“I know what it’s like,” an emotional Biden said in a national television address, referring to his own long history of family tragedies. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

President Biden spoke directly to people who have lost friends and family members. “I know all too well,” Biden said. “That black hole in your chest. You feel like you’re being sucked into it. The survivor’s remorse. The anger. The questions of faith in your soul.”

Watch the President’s remarks as well as the full ceremony below.

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