Jan 20, 2021 - Health

In photos: U.S. cities light up for coronavirus victims

Doug Emhoff, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Dr. Jill Biden and President-elect Joe Biden face the Reflecting Pool
Doug Emhoff, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Jill Biden and President-elect Joe Biden face the Reflecting Pool as they observe a moment of silence at a memorial for COVID-19 victims at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

Cities across the U.S. lit up to honor Americans killed by the pandemic, as President-elect Joe Biden led a national mourning during a sunset ceremony in Washington, D.C., on the eve of his inauguration.

The big picture: Standing at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, surrounded by 400 lights to commemorate lives lost to COVID-19, Biden said: "To heal, we must remember." From New York City to Miami, city buildings were illuminated as part of this "national moment of unity," as the U.S. coronavirus death toll surpassed 400,000.

The Empire State Building illuminates an amber hue to support the Biden Inaugural Committee's COVID-19 Memorial: A National Moment of Unity and Remembrance in New York City
The Empire State Building illuminates an amber hue to support the Biden Inaugural Committee's COVID-19 Memorial: A National Moment of Unity and Remembrance in New York City. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
The California State Capitol dome was lit to memorialize lives lost to Covid as CHP officers and the National Guard continue to guard the perimeter on January 19, 2021 in Sacramento
The California State Capitol dome is lit to memorialize lives lost to COVID-19 as CHP officers and the National Guard continue to guard the perimeter in Sacramento, Calif. Photo: Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
Ford Motor Company illuminates their world headquarters to support the Biden Inaugural Committee's COVID-19 Memorial: A National Moment of Unity and Remembrance in Dearborn, Michigan
Ford Motor Company illuminates its world headquarters to support the COVID-19 memorial initiative in Dearborn, Mich. Photo: Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images
"Urban Light" by artist Chris Burden illuminates an amber hue at 2:30pm PST to support the Biden Inaugural Committee's COVID-19 Memorial
"Urban Light" by artist Chris Burden shines an amber hue to support the national remembrance in Los Angeles. Photo: Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport illuminates an amber hue to support the Biden Inaugural Committee's COVID-19 Memorial
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport illuminates an amber hue in remembrance of coronavirus victims. Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images
The Miami-Dade County Courthouse illuminates a colored light in honor of COVID-19 victims
Miami-Dade County Courthouse in Florida lit up for the memorial. Photo: Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images
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