Thursday, November 18th marks the first day of a three-day Los Angeles memorial titled "Strength + Love" to celebrate those who supported the city and to remember those who passed away due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The three-day memorial in Los Angeles will focus on three different themes on each day of the memorial. The theme for Thursday's memorial is honor. Los Angeles residents are encouraged to cheer and applaud at 8 p.m to recognize the individuals who gave their time to supporting the city when it needed it the most. Honorees include medical workers, first responders, caregivers, and others who supported the city's essential activities during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The second day of this memorial in Los Angeles is dedicated to remembering those who lost their lives due to the pandemic. Residents are encouraged to light a candle in their windows at 8 p.m. on Friday night, November 19th to remember those who were lost.
The third and final day of Los Angeles' memorial has the theme "mobilize." The Los Angeles mayor's office website says to, "Join our effort to build a city that is more kind, united, and resilient than ever before." Supporters are asked to wave a flashlight or phone light outside on Saturday, November 20th at 8 p.m. to light up the city as a symbol of hope for the future.
There is also a memorial installation of white flags placed at the Griffith Park Observatory to memorialize those lives lost to the pandemic. Los Angeles' city skyline will be illuminated in blue at sunset for the three evenings of the memorial. Los Angeles residents can download free "Strength + Love" posters to display in the windows of their homes and businesses from the city's website.
Participants who wish to share their experiences in this three-day event can share photos and videos on social media with the hashtag #StrengthandLoveLA.
Finally, all are encouraged to contribute photos, artwork, or stories that represent their experience during the Covid-19 pandemic to the Los Angeles Public Library’s COVID-19 Community Archive.
The city is also encouraging unvaccinated residents to find a place to receive their Covid-19 vaccine at one of the city's vaccination sites.
Los Angeles residents can click here to participate in a survey about the city's more permanent memorial.
The city's Covid-19 death toll, which has risen to 26,923, constitutes 36% of total number of deaths (topping out at 73,614) in the state of California.