City of Houston lights up in nationwide COVID-19 memorial ahead of inauguration

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Houston gospel singer Yolanda Adams is singing at tonight's nationwide COVID-19 memorial as part of Inauguration Eve activities in Washington, DC.

The event honors the 400,000 lives lost in the United States to the pandemic.

Adams is scheduled to sing "Hallelujah."

In his first stop tonight after arriving in Washington, President-elect Joe Biden, along with Dr. Jill Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, and Harris' husband Douglas Emhoff, an entertainment lawyer, participated in an event at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, where 400 lights will honor those who died from COVID-19.

This is the first-ever lighting around the reflecting pool of the Lincoln Memorial.

Houston joined that tribute in light and honor the national moment of unity. At dusk, Houston landmarks and landmarks in other cities are illuminating with amber light. The lighting ceremony in Houston will include the following locations:

  • Houston City Hall
  • Partnership Tower
  • Wortham Theater Center
  • Jones Hall
  • 7 Wonders
  • The Lyric Center
  • Main Street Square
  • Montrose Highway 59 bridges/Interstate 69
  • The Wharf (art piece in front of the GRB)


  • Uptown Park/Post Oak
  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport
  • Hobby Airport


At Houston City Hall, the combined Honor Guard from the Houston Police Department and Houston Fire Department are participating in the ceremony, marking those who have died from COVID-19.

ABC13 is streaming the event in the video player above and our free streaming apps for Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV.

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