WATCH: National Cathedral held COVID bell ceremony for last time as U.S. nears 1 million deaths

Since the early months of the pandemic, the Washington National Cathedral has rung its bell as an auditory memorial to the lives lost to COVID-19.

Watch the event in the player above.

As the COVID death toll approaches 1 million in the U.S., the cathedral’s staff once again rang its largest bell, the bourdon, once for every 1,000 people who have died from the virus.

A spokesperson for the cathedral said this is the final time the cathedral will memorialize COVID victims with the bell ceremony. There was also one additional toll to acknowledge the ongoing threats from the virus.

The cathedral’s online service also included remarks from the Rev. Randy Hollerith, the cathedral’s dean who previously told the PBS NewsHour how the bell tolling has been a “way of broadcasting to the world” that we’re saying goodbye to someone who’s beloved.