NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Some of New York City’s most iconic buildings are being lit up Tuesday night to honor the 400,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19.

The Empire State Building is lit in pulsing red to symbolize a heartbeat.

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It’s New York’s contribution to the first nationwide COVID-19 memorial to lives lost, which also includes ceremonies in Washington, D.C., and church bells ringing across the country.

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South Street Seaport was bathed in amber light as part of the memorial, and the spire on top of One World Trade Center was also shining bright.

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