On March 14, 2020, New York City’s first known COVID-19 death was confirmed. Since then, thousands of New Yorkers have been lost to the virus. They were our families and friends, and many were the city’s essential workers, helping to keep the city going during the pandemic. Above all else, though, they were our fellow New Yorkers.
In January of this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city would mark the significance of March 14 by designating it as an official Day of Remembrance, a time to honor the memories of the more than 25,000 New Yorkers who have died from COVID-19 in the past year.
COVID-19 Day of Remembrance Events
At 4:00 pm on Sunday, March 14, Council Member Mark Levine, Congressman Adriano Espaillat, Assembly Member Rev. Al Taylor, and Assembly Member Carmen de la Rosa will convene a special virtual gathering to commemorate those taken from us by COVID-19. Community members will be able to offer one-minute tributes to those they have lost.
A COVID-19 Day of Remembrance – 7:45PM
New York City’s official remembrance ceremony will take place virtually at 7:45 pm on Sunday, March 14. New Yorkers who have lost a loved one to COVID-19 can participate in the memorial by sharing the name and photograph of the person they lost, which may then be featured as part of the ceremony. You can also share your stories, photos, and videos with the hashtag #COVIDMemorial.
New York City’s Day of Remembrance ceremony will also feature information from Missing Them, a project by THE CITY, Columbia Journalism School and the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY to collect the names and stories of New Yorkers lost to COVID-19.