At 5:30 PM this evening (Tuesday, January 19), the National League of Cities is organizing a national recognition for the victims of COVID-19. Cities across the country, including our local city of Raleigh, will be lighting building in the color of amber in memory of the nearly 400,000 lives lost during the pandemic. Places of worship are ringing bells, blowing horns, or conducting memorial services at the time as well. There will also be lights placed around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington, DC.
Citizens can participate by lighting candles and placing them outside or in the window at the appointed hour.
Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin stated “COVID has taken so much, and so many dear ones from us,. Honoring those whom we have lost to this terrible disease is a way to bring communities together. I am honored to have our city join with others in this show of national unity and support for individuals and families who continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.” In Raleigh, the famous shimmer wall, Memorial Auditorium, the Fayetteville Street Towers, and the Raleigh Municipal Building will be displaying the amber COVID memorial colors.