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Posted on: January 14, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Honoring COVID Victims

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The City of Portage is honoring COVID-19 victims by participating in the Presidential Inaugural Committee’s memorial to remember and honor all lives lost to the virus.  The Washington, D.C. ceremony on Tuesday, January 19, at 5:30 PM ET will feature lighting around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.  As a national moment of unity and remembrance, cities and towns around the country are asked to join Washington, D.C. in illuminating buildings and ringing church bells at 5:30 PM ET.  

The city is concurrently participating in the Floral Heart Project. A floral heart wreath, adorning Portage City Hall, will be illuminated that evening.  The Floral Heart Project is an ongoing effort by artist Kristina Libby to help provide healing, compassion and sympathy for those impacted by COVID-19.

The City of Portage encourages all Portage residents to make or purchase a floral heart wreath for their homes and/or illuminate their porch lights on Tuesday, January 19, at 5:30 PM ET, in a national moment of unity and remembrance.  Portagers can share their symbols of healing and remembrance on social media using the hashtags #PortageRemembers, #PortageCares and #FloralHeartProject.

“We join our family, friends and neighbors who are grieving the loss of their loved ones to COVID-19,” said City Manager, Joe La Margo.  “We remember and honor all the lives lost and we vow to unite as a community to do all we can to end the pandemic.”

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