Real Estate Roundtable members on Jan. 19 joined other building owners and operators around the nation to illuminate private and public buildings in a “national moment of unity and remembrance” to honor those Americans who have fallen to COVID-19. (Photo: Denver’s City and County Building, credit: Patricia Duncan )
- Dozens of Roundtable member organizations responded to a request for participation from the Presidential Inaugural Committee. Their building illumination efforts coincided with a lighting ceremony around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting pool in Washington, D.C., and the ringing of bells in churches and towns nationwide to commemorate the moment of remembrance.
- The Roundtable on Jan. 19 issued the following statement about the memorial event, which was held as part of the inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden and Vice President Kamala D. Harris:
- “The Real Estate Roundtable encourages all Americans to support the peaceful transfer of power to the new Biden-Harris Administration, and urges that the 117th Congress unify across party lines to address the critical health, economic and social challenges now facing the American people.
- “This evening, in association with the inauguration of the Biden-Harris administration, our nation will recognize the nearly 400,000 fellow citizens who have died over the past year due to COVID-19.”
- “Building owners are proud to join national policy makers, religious leaders, business figures and others commemorating tonight’s event by lighting many of our buildings nationwide as part of the #COVIDMemorial.”
- “The Roundtable is committed to work positively with our elected officials to help our nation stabilize and rebuild from the severe hardships caused by the pandemic — and to do so in a manner that affirms and more fully realizes the ideals of equality and opportunity upon which our great nation is founded.”
Photo compilations of illuminated buildings in towns and cities nationwide who participated in the tribute were posted on media outlets such as Axios, the San Jose, CA publication The Mercury News and ABC News.
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