US President-elect Joe Biden concluded his victory speech by reciting his deceased son Beau’s favourite well-liked Catholic hymn “On Eagles’ Wings”, hoping that the carol will give consolation to many Americans grieving the lack of their family members as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
Biden, 77, who’s a practising Catholic, mentioned the hymn has impressed him by the ultimate days of his election marketing campaign.
He could be the second Catholic to carry the workplace of the President after John F Kennedy in 1960.
The Democrat chief misplaced Beau, an Iraq struggle veteran who had served as Delaware’s legal professional normal, in 2015 to a mind tumour on the age of 46.
Biden defeated Donald Trump in a bitter and closely-fought presidential election – billed as one of the vital divisive in current American historical past.
The President-elect gave his victory speech earlier than a drive-in viewers in his hometown, Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday evening, practically ending the uncertainty over the end result of Tuesday’s election.
On Eagles’ Wings “captures the faith that sustains me and which I believe sustains America, and a hope, and I hope it can provide some comfort and solace to the 230,000 Americans who have lost a loved one due to this terrible virus this year,” mentioned Biden.
Biden mentioned he hoped the track would give consolation to the numerous Americans who’re grieving a liked one because of the coronavirus pandemic, CNN reported.
“My heart goes out to each and every one of you,” he mentioned, including “hopefully this hymn gives you solace as well.
The US is the worst-affected nation as a result of COVID-19 pandemic with over 9,849,000 circumstances and greater than 237,000 deaths, in line with the newest statistics from Johns Hopkins University.
He then recited the hymn: “He will raise you up on eagle’s wings, bear you on the breath of dawn and make you to shine like the sun and hold you in the palm of his hand.”
“Now together, on eagle’s wings we embark on the work that God and history has called upon us to do,” mentioned Biden.
“With full hearts and steady hands, with faith in America and in each other, with love country and a thirst for justice, let us be the country we know we can be,” he mentioned.