Domb, Blais urge adoption of COVID-19 Memorial Day – Community News

Domb, Blais urge adoption of COVID-19 Memorial Day

Published: 11/11/2021 11:09:02 AM

The first Monday of every March would be set aside under legislation that considers Wednesday to be Massachusetts COVID-19 Memorial Day to honor those who have died from the disease, anyone battling the coronavirus or its long-term effects, and the essential workers on the front lines of the state’s response to the pandemic.

State Representatives Natalie Blais, D-Sunderland, and Mindy Domb, D-Amherst, introduced a resolution (H 4224) that would require the governor to declare the first Monday in March annually as a day to recognize the loss of life, and the efforts to treat the sick and protect the public from a new and evolving virus. On Wednesday, they asked the Joint Committee on State Governance and Regulatory Oversight to give its approval to the idea.

“As of yesterday, Massachusetts now has 18,719 people who have died as a result of this virus and another 808,000 people who have reported being infected. We haven’t quite mastered that. But we haven’t quite mastered our gratitude either,” Domb said. “The Day of Remembrance is not just a commemoration, it is also a kind of occasion to express gratitude. It gives the Commonwealth a chance to acknowledge our loss. It also gives us the chance to share that grief in ways that we may not have been able to and it also gives us, I think just as important to tell you the truth, the chance to recognize the people who have helped us get here. time to get through.”

Blais said a voter whose mother died of COVID-19 brought the idea of ​​an official memorial day to her office and said the official designation “offers a space for our voters to grieve, heal and express gratitude for those who have cared for them.” U.S.”

Domb added that her constituents have repeatedly reminded her to keep in mind that there are people behind the statistics and that their deaths mean the loss of community members, relatives and friends.

“In some ways, appreciating, acknowledging and sharing that personal and community loss from the virus is being lost. It’s being monitored because we’re really busy trying to survive,” Domb said. “And as a commonwealth I have to say – Mr. Chairman, I hope you’ll allow me this indulgence – I don’t really feel that as a commonwealth or as a community we were completely saddened because we weren’t able to. We have have to get through this.”