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COVID-19 Memorial Planned for January 19

The City of Raleigh will join other cities, towns, and local governments across the country in a COVID-19 Memorial on Tuesday, January 19 at 5:30 p.m. The National League of Cities is helping to organize this event to remember American lives lost to the pandemic.

“COVID has taken so much, and so many dear ones from us,” said Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin. “Honoring those whom we have lost to this terrible disease is a way to bring communities together. I am honored to have our city join with others in this show of national unity and support for individuals and families who continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The City of Raleigh will illuminate several buildings in amber, the designated COVID-19 Memorial color. The locations include: Raleigh’s iconic shimmer wall, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, the Fayetteville Street Towers and the Raleigh Municipal Building.

In Washington, D.C., a ceremony will feature a lighting around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.

Residents are invited to join the national memorial from home by lighting candles or putting a small light in a window, and taking time to pray, meditate or reflect.

Houses of worship are invited to join the memorial by ringing bells, blowing horns, or performing traditional ceremonies at the appointed time. Businesses and building owners are invited to show their support by displaying amber-colored lights for 30 minutes or more.

Organizations interested in registering as part of the official memorial should fill out this memorial registration form.



Julia Milstead
Public Information Officer