A memorial to honor the more than 340,000 Americans who have died from Covid-19 will be held in Washington, DC on January 19, the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) announced Thursday.
The PIC has invited towns and cities across the United States to join the main ceremony in the American capital, where illuminated buildings and church bells will ring at 5:30 p.m. ET to remember those who have passed away in the pandemic.
"When so many Americans are grieving the loss of family, friends, and neighbors -- it is important that we honor those who have died," said PIC Communications Director Pili Tobar in a statement.
The ceremony in DC will feature a lighting display around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, which will be the first time a display there has been used to memorialize lost American lives.
More plans by the inaugural committee to remember those who have died will be announced in the coming days.