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Inauguration Activities to Include Nationwide Illumination of Buildings to Honor COVID-19 Victims; Roundtable Members Asked to Participate

  • January 15, 2021

Empire State building illuminated

The Presidential Inaugural Committee has announced it is hosting a memorial to illuminate buildings in cities and towns across the country next Tuesday evening, as part of a series of online and virtual events for the Biden-Harris inauguration.  The building illumination is intended as a “national moment of unity and remembrance” in honor of the American people who have fallen to COVID-19.  (Inaugural Committee fact sheet and Building Owner Participation Form)

  • The nationwide memorial to illuminate buildings will start at 5:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. The lighting ceremony will then roll westward from time zone to time zone, taking place at 5:30 pm local time in each zone.
  • The Inaugural Committee has requested support from Roundtable members to participate in the memorial to honor those who died from the coronavirus. Participation in the event is voluntary. 
  • Building owners and managers willing to illuminate their assets are asked to complete this short Google docs form to be submitted to the Inaugural Committee.
  • The Committee also requests that owners and managers who participate in the event record or photograph their building illuminations to share on social media platforms.
  • The ceremony will be timed with a lighting 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.

Roundtable members who opt to participate on January 19 are kindly requested to inform our staff by email (Duane Desiderio, Senior Vice President and Counsel, ddesiderio@rer.org) and (Abigail Grenadier, Communications Director, agrenadier@rer.org).  We would like to keep track of the building square footage participating in this voluntary event and our organization’s collective involvement.

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