Western Mass. remembers lives lost to COVID-19

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EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – To honor the lives lost from COVID-19, there is a nationwide memorial to remember and honor the lives lost.

There have been more than 12,000 deaths due to COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Communities have been invited to join Washington, D.C. in illuminating buildings and ringing church bells on January 19 at 5:30 p.m. in a moment of unity and remembrance.

In a news release sent to 22News from the City of Easthampton, Mayor Nicole LaChapelle announced the City Hall and Council of Aging will be illuminated in honor of the lives lost. Mayor LaChapelle invites all residents and organizations to decorate or light a candle and places of worship to ring their bells at 5:30 p.m. for five minutes.

The ceremony in Washington, D.C. will feature a lighting around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. It will be the first-ever lighting around the Reflecting Pool to memorialize American lives lost.

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