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D.C. candlelight vigil for 500,000 Covid victims

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U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi, a Democrat from Glen Cove, joined a bipartisan group of members of Congress in a candlelight moment of silence at the U.S. Capitol on Monday, to honor the 500,000 people in the United States who have died of Covid-19. 

“Our nation reaches another tragic milestone; more than 500,000 Americans killed by the coronavirus in just one year,” Suozzi said. “To put the enormity of that number into perspective, if you counted one second for every person who has died from Covid in the U.S., you would count for almost six days.”

He added that people across the country have shown an incredible ability to work together to overcome the difficulties that have been caused by the virus. And then he offered some hope.

“As sure as spring follows winter, we will get through this,” Suozzi said. “We will smile again. We will celebrate life’s simple pleasures that we once took for granted. . . For now, let’s not become desensitized to the magnitude of the grief and devastation that the pandemic has caused. Wear your mask, stay socially distant, get vaccinated when it’s available and look out for each other.”