Joe Biden marked the loss of 500,000 Americans to Covid-19 in a very personal speech to the White House that deepened the process of overcoming loss, grief and grief.
“Today we mark a really dark and heartbreaking milestone,” Biden said. “500,071 dead. That’s more Americans who died in a year in this pandemic than in WWI, WWII, the Vietnam War combined. This is more lives lost to this virus than any other nation on Earth.
Drawing on his own personal experience of losing loved ones, Biden said, “I know what it’s like not to be there when it happens. I know what it’s like when you’re there, holding their hands, looking them in the eye and they escape, that black hole in your chest, you feel like you’re sucked in, remorse survivor, anger, matters of faith in your soul.
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Biden lost his wife and daughter in 1972 when they were killed in a traffic accident. Her son, Beau, died in 2015 from cancer.
“I know it’s hard, I promise. I know it’s tough, I remember, ”Biden said. “This is how you heal, you have to remember that. It is also important to do this as a nation. To anyone who’s lost loved ones, here’s what I know: They never really left. They will always be a part of your heart.
“It sounds incredible, but I promise you the day will come, when the memory of your lost loved one will bring you a smile before a tear in your eyes… I pray for you that day will come as soon as possible. “
Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman then participated in a ceremony on the South Portico of the White House, where 500 lighted candles were placed along the steps to mark the milestone. They listened to the piece of the Marine Band Amazing Grace, before having a moment of silence.
Biden ended his speech by urging survivors to “find a purpose,” while remaining vigilant in the face of the pandemic.
“This nation will smile again. This nation will once again have good days. This nation will experience joy again and, like us, we remember each person we have lost, the life they have lived and the loved ones they have left behind.