CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The Presidential Inaugural Committee will host a nationwide memorial to honor those who have died from the coronavirus.
According to the committee, cities and towns across the country will be invited to light up their buildings and ring church bells at 5:30 p.m., on the day before Joe Biden’s inauguration as president, as a national moment of unity and remembrance.
Both Mother Emanuel AME Church and the City of Charleston will participate in the ceremony with a bell ringing and building illumination.
A bell-ringing will take place at Emanuel AME Church and Charleston City Hall will be illuminated to honor the nearly 400,000 American lives lost to the ongoing pandemic at 5:30 p.m.
According to city leaders, churches throughout the city will toll their bells in memory of the victims of COVID-19 during this national moment of unity.
Former South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth will recite her poem ‘Four Hundred Thousand Name’ during Tuesday’s ceremony.
Events will also take place at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Columbia and the Town of Salley, South Carolina.
News 2 will live stream the event on January 19th.