WATCH: The National Cathedral tolls bell marking 800,000 American COVID-19 deaths

The Washington National Cathedral on Dec. 15 tolled its Bourdon Bell 800 times in memory of the at least 800,000 Americans who have lost their lives to COVID-19.

Watch in the player above.

The U.S. passed the grim milestone a day earlier as the government continues to urge people to get vaccinated in an effort to curb the ongoing pandemic.

The bell ringing took more than an hour.

Support PBS NewsHour: