Dallas announces participation in the National Memorial to Lives Lost to COVID-19
City Manager T.C. Broadnax announced Tuesday that the City of Dallas will participate in the national Memorial to Lives Lost to COVID-19 by ringing bells at 4:30 CT. The memorial will take place in Washington D.C. and nationwide on January 19, 2021 starting at 5:30 p.m. ET and continuing at 5:30 p.m. local time in cities and towns across the country. The memorial will feature the lighting of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, and the illumination of buildings and ringing of church bells in a national moment of unity and remembrance.
“It is important for us to take some time to grieve the terrible toll of COVID-19. In Dallas alone, hundreds of our residents have lost their lives to this insidious virus,” said Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson. “We must do everything we can to overcome this tragedy and move beyond the pandemic.”
The program in Washington D.C. will emphasize the importance of looking back and remembering the lives we’ve lost to COVID-19 as we look forward to the hope of a new path and a brighter future. In Dallas, the Memorial to Lives Lost to COVID-19 will also include illuminating the downtown skyline amber starting at sunset.
“The inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris represents the beginning of a new national journey. However, in the midst of a pandemic – when so many Americans are grieving the loss of family, friends, and neighbors – it is important that we honor those who have died, reflect on what has been one of the more challenging periods in this nation’s history, and renew our commitment to coming together to unite our country. end the pandemic, and rebuild our nation,” said Presidential Inauguration Committee Communications Director Pili Tobar.
“As our City of Dallas family mourns those lost to COVID-19, our participation in this national remembrance is a peaceful moment for our community to unite and reflect before moving forward as One Dallas, together,” said Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax.