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Mayor John Cooper Announces Participation in the National Memorial to Lives Lost to COVID-19


The First Nationwide COVID-19 Memorial to Lives Lost is Part of The Inauguration of President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Vice President-elect Kamala D. Harris

Nashville will participate in the national Memorial to Lives Lost to COVID-19 by lighting the Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge amber at sunset. This is to coincide with the memorial that will begin tonight at 5:30 p.m. E.T in Washington D.C. and continue at 5:30 p.m. local time in cities and towns across the country.

“This is a moment in our country’s history that will not be forgotten. The memorial in Washington emphasizes the importance of reflecting and honoring so many lives we’ve lost to COVID-19. Tonight, we honor those who have died, reflect on the challenges of the pandemic, and recommit ourselves to wearing masks, distancing, and taking the vaccine to protect each other from COVID-19,” Mayor John Cooper said.

Two weeks ago, the Mayor’s Office and Metro Council placed 502 small, white flags on the public square lawn of Nashville’s Historic Metro Courthouse, a solemn tribute to the Davidson County residents who have died from COVID-19.

Nashville Council Member Zulfat Suara has sponsored a resolution to honor Nashvillians who have passed away from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

“2020 was an incredibly trying year for us all. Nowhere is this more pronounced than in the hundreds of thousands of lives lost due to COVID-19. So, on this day, January 19, 2021, we shall honor all of those who were victims of this pandemic over the past year. We will not only remember their lives, but also commit to equitable access to vaccines as well doing all we can to minimize the impact of this virus in the future,” Council Member Suara said.