Nurse Sings 'Amazing Grace' In Powerful Biden-Harris COVID-19 Memorial
Written by Black Voices on January 19, 2021
Detroit nurse Lori Marie Key sang an emotional rendition of “Superb 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 tune for which she went viral earlier this yr, when she sang it to her colleagues at a Michigan hospital amid the pandemic.
“Working as a COVID nurse was heartbreaking,” Key mentioned on the sundown memorial service. “However once I’m at work, I sing. It offers me power throughout tough occasions, and I imagine it helps heal.”
Earlier on Tuesday, the U.S. reached the grim milestone of 400,000 useless from the virus.
On the memorial occasion deliberate by the Biden-Harris transition, Harris known as the U.S. “a nation in mourning.”
“For a lot of months, we have now grieved by ourselves,” Harris mentioned, of how the pandemic has saved households aside at the same time as they mourn. “Tonight we grieve and start therapeutic collectively.”
After Key’s tune, Biden thanked the nurse, saying that “if there are any angels in heaven, they’re all nurses.”
“We all know from our household expertise what you do: the braveness, the ache you take in for others,” Biden mentioned. “So thanks.”
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 folks throughout the nation who’ve died from the virus thus far.
Different cities throughout the nation performed their very own memorial tributes on the similar time, from New Orleans to San Francisco to New York Metropolis. The funeral bells on the Nationwide 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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