Thousands line up to pay respect to Lewis despite the heat and COVID precautions

Rep. John Lewis has received an honor that is reserved for only a few. Undoubtedly, he was among the most respected leaders of the nation. He received that honor but some of the things were done differently due to COVID-19.

For Lewis, there was a digital visitor in which people can sign, and yellow marks were painted officially on the street so people could ensure social distancing. 

Lewis’s body was placed on the main steps of the US Capitol’s East Front, and further, it was removed from the public. The temperature of the city was hottest i.e. 90s on Monday evening when the heat warning for the District of Columbia was already given at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

All of these events were carried out during the unbearable heat. On July 29, Wednesday Lewis’s body was carried in the casket by a military honor guard at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta. 

Thousands line up to pay respect to Lewis despite the heat and COVID precautions
Thousands line up to pay respect to Lewis despite the heat and COVID precautions

Lewis served as the US representative for Georgia’s 5th Congressional District for more than three decades. He died at the age of 80, earlier this month following a six-month battle with cancer.

The state saw a huge loss in its spark and paid grief and tribute to his life and legacy.  Lewis was paid tribute in person shortly before 7 p.m. on Monday evening by people of all ages and backgrounds. 

Rev. Jesse Jackson said “Sixty years ago we met. Sixty years of memories. We honor him today because though we beat and jail marches when they make demands, we honor martyrs when they can no longer speak. We must honor John Lewis by completing the work for which he gave his life. We must pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Bill without delay.




Priti Mann
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