2020 : Livonia Nurse Sings Amazing Grace In Memory of Covid Victims

January 19, 2023 all-day

A nurse from Michigan kicked off the 2021 inauguration celebration in an especially poignant way.

On Tuesday evening, Lori Marie Key, who went viral in April for her rendition of “Amazing Grace” during a shift change, sang the same song in honor of the 400,000 Americans who’ve died from COVID-19. She took the mic at an event organized by Joe Biden’s Presidential Inaugural Committee and held at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Tuesday night.

After Key’s performance, President-Elect Joe Biden thanked her.

“I mean this from the bottom of my heart, if there are any angels in heaven, they’re all nurses,” the president-elect said. “We know from our family experience what you do. The courage, the pain you absorb for others. So thank you, thank you.”

Source: Maura Hohman, “Nurse performs ‘Amazing Grace’ at inauguration event honoring COVID-19 victims”, Today, January 19, 2021.