Families remember their loved ones on ‘Remembrance Day for victims of COVID-19’
Families remember their loved ones on ‘Remembrance Day for victims of COVID-19’

Families remember their loved ones on ‘Remembrance Day for victims of COVID-19’

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – On Monday, the Commonwealth remembered the more than 19,000 Virginians who died from COVID-19 in the last two years.

A bell at Virginia Union University rang 19 times as state, local and community leaders gathered for a ceremony.

While much of Virginia now has the idea of ​​moving on, many families are still mourning the loss of their loved ones from COVID-19.

“His birthday was September 3rd, and 20 days later he was gone with the virus,” Louise Allen said.

Despite the fact that Monday is COVID-19 Remembrance Day throughout the Commonwealth, there is not a moment that Allen does not think about his little boy.

“It’s a heartache right here, seven days a week,” she said.

It is through Allen’s faith and support that she can try to move forward. At Virginia Union University, she was surrounded by state and community members who remembered those who died of COVID-19 since 2020.

“I would hope that they would get some degree of comfort by knowing that things stop for a moment to remember those people who were lost as a result,” said Delegate Delores McQuinn (D – Richmond).

“I feel for them, just like I feel for myself,” Allen said.

During the Annual General Meeting in 2021, McQuinn’s HJR 605 was adopted by both chambers appoints March 14, 2021 and every year after as “Victims of COVID-19 Remembrance Day” in Virginia.

In 2021, Mayor Levar Stoney announced on March 12th would be proclaimed “COVID-19 Day of Remembrance” in the city of Richmond.

“My hope is, as we move forward, that we use the knowledge, the technology, the expertise we have gained from this, to build on what we have learned, what we have experienced, to create more resilience. in our society, “Stoney said Monday.

But the group also said Virginia people need to recognize those who are still dealing with the disease.

“Two years later, my husband has never recovered from this illness, from what happened to him,” McQuinn said.

“We need to support those who were left behind and isolated due to increased health risks,” said Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn (D – Fairfax).

However, the pandemic has also affected people in other ways – financially and even mentally. Leaders said support is key and goes beyond this Memorial Day.

“We can not choose one day in the calendar and say that it is the day we are to be together; this is where we need to unite, ”Stoney said. “It should not take so much death and destruction for us to love our fellow brother, sister.”

“At this time in our history, perhaps more markedly than any other period in our history, we must be the guardians of our brothers and sisters,” said Chickahominy Tribe Administrator Stephen Adkins.

While the future is unknown when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, Allen hopes change is ahead.

“I just hope they keep working on a cure for the virus,” she said. “I do not feel like right now, it’s all done, but I think we’ve put a dent in it.”

According to Stoney, more than 44,000 people have been infected with COVID-19 in the city of Richmond since March 2020; 476 people have died.

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