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Mayors issuing proclamations to honor those who have died from COVID-19

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Posted at 5:17 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 21:31:55-05

PHOENIX — Several mayors across Arizona have issued proclamations to honor those who have died from COVID-19 and those who have survived.

Mayors from Phoenix and Tempe have both issued proclamations for COVID-19 victims and survivors.

Tempe Mayor Corey Woods issued a proclamation stating that “The first Monday in March, has been designated as COVID-19 victims and Survivors Memorial Day.”

Tara Krebbs lost her father last summer to COVID-19 and has been working on different ways to memorialize those in Arizona who died.

Krebbs has been working with Marked By Covid for an event next Monday at the Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park that will provide a floral artwork installation to represent those who have died.

“Public memorials enable us to put faces to the numbers people see in the news and grieve as a community. They are a necessary and needed way to safely come together in a sense of unity and solace. If you have lost a loved one, we invite you to join us and share your story,” a press release read.

Marked By Covid said that mayors from The City of Phoenix, City of Tempe, Fountain Hills, and Litchfield Park have all issued proclamations for March 1, 2021, as COVID-19 victims and Survivors Memorial Day.

“Every life lost to COVID matters, as does every life touched by the effects of this disease," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego's office, "While we look forward to the prospect of our day-to-day lives regaining some sense of normalcy, we must never forget those who lost the battle or whose lives are now limited because of damage done by the virus. I ask all the people of Phoenix to join me on March 1 to keep those memories alive."

The floral installation is part of a national movement by The Floral Heart Project to display those who have died.

The memorial event at the Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park for those who have died from COVID-19 will be Monday, March 1st from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.