City of Gainesville Hosts Moment of Unity and Remembrance For Americans Who Died of COVID-19


You’re invited to “participate in place” this evening (Tuesday, Jan. 19) for a COVID Memorial, joining Gainesville City Commissioners in remembrance of the lives lost to COVID-19 in our community and across the state. Gainesville is joining cities and towns in a national moment of unity and remembrance of the more than 389,000 Americans who have died as a result of the pandemic.

“This memorial serves to remind us of the devastating impact this pandemic has had on our community, our state and the world. It is also a chance to recommit to our collective COVID-19 response and rebuild our lives,” said Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe.

Ways you can participate:

  • ring a bell
  • light a candle
  • leave on a porch light this evening
  • share your moments on social media using #COVIDMemorial

Simultaneously in Washington, D.C., will be the first-ever lighting around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool to memorialize American lives lost.