SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The city of Springfield has announced plans to honor more than 400 people who have died of covid since the start of the pandemic.
A memorial service with candles is to be held on Wednesday at 17.30 on the town hall grounds. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Commissioner for Health and Human Services Helen Caulton-Harris will join city officials at the ceremony.
The Department of Health and Human Services must provide a paper bag and a marker to those present to document the names of their loved ones who were lost during the pandemic. A flameless candle will be placed inside each bag and then placed on the stairs to the town hall.
Mayor Sarno states: “It is important that we all take a moment to stop and reflect on the past two years and the road load that this COVID-19 pandemic has taken on all of us, especially for those who have experienced the loss. of a loved one, a friend, colleague or a special person.This pandemic has affected us all and we want to hold this special memorial ceremony by candlelight to honor the loved ones we have lost and support each other with love, kindness and compassion.”
HHS Commissioner Caulton-Harris said: “Public Health Month gives us the opportunity to stop and reflect on the human strain that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on the city of Springfield, Commonwealth, Nation and World. During our watch we take a break to remember, to reflect, as a city, we mourn with their loved ones and promise not to forget their lives, and we honor their heritage. ”
There will also be a COVID-19 vaccination clinic sponsored by BHN.