City councilors voted to recognize Jan. 19 as a day to remember the over 400,000 people who have died from the coronavirus, joining a nationwide movement.

Councilor Neal Harkness said he was touched by the memorial held in the nation's capital and encouraged everyone to watch it. He thinks it is an event that the country can be united on.

“Whether you support the new President Biden or the outgoing President Trump, or whatever your political leanings are,” he said, “this touched every heart in this nation and this is somewhere where we ought to be able to understand each other and begin the healing of our nation.”

Biden held a memorial in the National Mall, which is currently closed because of the coronavirus, on the night before his inauguration remembering those who have died from COVID-19. There were 400 candles by the reflecting pool near the Lincoln Memorial.

Municipalities across the country joined the proclamation and lit their buildings while churches rang bells at 5:30 p.m. that day. The event also recognized health care workers’ sacrifices to fight the disease and that the pandemic is not over yet.

Councilors took a moment of silence after the vote to remember those who have died of the coronavirus.