Washington National Cathedral honors COVID-19 victims as US reaches 500,000 deaths

The Washington National Cathedral rang its bells 500 times Monday, once for every 1,000 people who have died from COVID-19 in the U.S.

The United States topped 500,000 virus deaths, a number that all but matches the number of Americans killed in World War II, Korea and Vietnam combined, the Associated Press reported.

Some people embraced those they were with at the Cathedral as the bells rang.

D.C. resident Kelley Ellsworth attending the bell-ringing to reflect on the number of lives lost.

“I think we all go about our lives and suffer through it as much as we can, and we don’t take stock of what’s happened and stand back for a minute and take it in,” Ellsworth told WTOP.

Watch video of the Cathedral’s remembrance ceremony below.

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