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Biden marks dark milestone: 1 million Americans dead from COVID-19

FILE – With the Washington Monument in the background, people look at white flags that are part of artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg’s temporary art installation, “In America: Remember,” in remembrance of Americans who have died of COVID-19, on the National Mall in Washington, Sept. 17, 2021. The installation consists of more than 630,000 flags. The federal government has provided more than $2 billion to help cover funeral costs for more than 300,000 families of people who died from COVID-19, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Tuesday as launches a new campaign to raise awareness for the aid to the families of the more than 965,000 people who have died in the U.S. from the virus. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File) Brynn Anderson/AP

Biden marks dark milestone: 1 million Americans dead from COVID-19

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The United States surpassed 1 million deaths due to COVID-19 on Thursday, and President Joe Biden commemorated the dark milestone in a statement urging the public to “remain vigilant against this pandemic” and calling on Congress to sustain resources for testing, vaccines, and treatments.

In the Thursday morning statement, Biden also mourned the “irreplaceable” losses families have suffered as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and asked the nation “not grow numb to such sorrow.” The president will also issue a presidential proclamation on Thursday ordering flags to be flown at half-staff to mark the milestone.

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“Today, we mark a tragic milestone: one million American lives lost to COVID-19. One million empty chairs around the dinner table. Each an irreplaceable loss. Each leaving behind a family, a community, and a nation forever changed because of this pandemic. Jill and I pray for each of them,” Biden said.

“To those who are grieving, and asking yourself how will you go on without him or what will you do without her, I understand. I know the pain of that black hole in your heart. It is unrelenting. But I also know the ones you love are never truly gone. They will always be with you.”

“As a nation, we must not grow numb to such sorrow. To heal, we must remember. We must remain vigilant against this pandemic and do everything we can to save as many lives as possible, as we have with more testing, vaccines, and treatments than ever before. It’s critical that Congress sustain these resources in the coming months.”

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The president concluded his message with a plea for unity, a pledge to “never give up,” and a prayer for the 1 million Americans that have died as a result of the pandemic.

“In remembrance, let us draw strength from each other as fellow Americans. For while we have been humbled, we never give up. We can and will do this together as the United States of America,” Biden said.

“May God bless the one million American lives lost and their loved ones left behind.”

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