President Biden on Monday marked a moment of silence for the 500,000 Americans who have been killed by COVID-19 after passing by the US, which he called a “truly serious, heart-breaking milestone”.
His address was largely for those families who have suffered loss in the 6 pm speech from the White House. She later hosted a candlelight outdoor event with first lady Jill, vice president Kamala Harris, and second gentleman Doug Amhoff.
“500,071 dead. There are more Americans dying in a year in this world war, World War II and Vietnam War combined. He loses more lives from this virus than any other country on earth.
“But as we accept the scale of this mass death in America, we remember each person and the lives they lived. The people we knew feel the same as we knew. “
Biden, 78, recounted his personal experiences with grief in an 11-minute speech.
“As long as we have been fighting this epidemic for so long, we have to resist the numbness of grief and look at each life as a statistic, or stigma, or news,” he said.
“To the loved ones left behind, I know everyone well – I know that this happens when it doesn’t. I know that when you are holding their hands, they look into their eyes and they slip away.
Biden told family members of the COVID-19 victims that “the day will come when the memory of your loved one will bring a smile to your lips before a tear in your eyes.” It will come, I promise you However, my request to you is that they come sooner rather than later. And when you know that you are going to be fine. “
Biden said that “for me, finding a way through grief and mourning.”
“This country will smile again. This nation will again know sunny days. This nation will know Anand again. And as we do that, we remember everyone we lost, ”he said.