Detroit nurse Lori Marie Key sang an emotional rendition of “Amazing Grace” at a memorial occasion honoring the victims of the coronavirus, on the eve of the Biden-Harris inauguration.
On Tuesday night, as President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris seemed on from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., Key sang the identical music for which she went viral earlier this 12 months, when she sang it to her colleagues at a Michigan hospital amid the pandemic.
“Working as a COVID nurse was heartbreaking,” Key stated on the sundown memorial service. “But when I’m at work, I sing. It gives me strength during difficult times, and I believe it helps heal.”
Earlier on Tuesday, the U.S. reached the grim milestone of 400,000 useless from the virus.
At the memorial occasion deliberate by the Biden-Harris transition, Harris known as the U.S. “a nation in mourning.”
“For many months, we have grieved by ourselves,” Harris stated, of how the pandemic has saved households aside whilst they mourn. “Tonight we grieve and begin healing together.”
After Key’s music, Biden thanked the nurse, saying that “if there are any angels in heaven, they’re all nurses.”
“We know from our family experience what you do: the courage, the pain you absorb for others,” Biden stated. “So thank you.”
Gospel singer Yolanda Adams closed out the ceremony with a robust rendition of “Hallelujah” as Biden, Harris and their spouses seemed out over the 400 lights alongside the reflecting pool — every representing 1,000 individuals throughout the nation who’ve died from the virus up to now.
Other cities throughout the nation performed their very own memorial tributes on the identical time, from New Orleans to San Francisco to New York City. The funeral bells at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., reportedly rang out 400 occasions, in tribute to the 400,000 useless from COVID-19 within the U.S.
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