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WEB EXCLUSIVE Across the country, hundred of thousands of lives were lost to the ruthless coronavirus last year. These were mothers, grandfathers, uncles, sisters, nephews and everything in between. In order to commemorate the lives lost to COVID-19, several downtown Raleigh buildings will be illuminated with amber lights on Tuesday at 5:30pm.
This memorial joins a national tribute began by the Presidential Inaugural Committee to honor nearly 400,000 COVID-related deaths in the U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris hope to move forward on the eve of Inauguration Day in the spirit of unity and remembrance.
Raleigh buildings participating in the memorial lighting include the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, the Shimmer Wall, towers along Fayetteville Street and the Raleigh Municipal Building. Gov. Roy Cooper recently announced that the North Carolina Executive Mansion will also join the lighting.
In a tweet Tuesday morning, Cooper wrote, “As we battle this pandemic, we continue to mourn the hundreds of thousands of Americans we’ve lost to this cruel virus. Tonight, the People’s House will be lit in honor of their memories and the grieving families left behind.”
Cooper invites others to join the national remembrance by lighting candles, placing lights in their windows, praying, reflecting or meditating. Houses of worship are invited to take part by ringing bells or performing ceremonies. Businesses are encouraged to place amber lights in their windows for 30 minutes at a time as well.
“COVID has taken so much and so many dear ones from us,” said Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin in a statement. “Honoring those whom we have lost to this terrible disease is a way to bring communities together.”
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