He said it would be painful, but he knew from his own experience losing immediately family members that healing means remembering those who have died.
“And it’s also important to do that as a nation,” he said. “Those who have lost loved ones, here’s what I know: They’re never truly gone. They’ll always be part of your heart.”
Moments later, he appeared outside the South Portico of the White House for a moment of silence honoring those felled by the respiratory disease. Surrounded by dozens of candles, he bowed his head alongside first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and her husband, Doug Emhoff.
Elsewhere in the city, bells tolled at the National Cathedral to honor the lives lost.
And the American flag above