At Courthouse Square in Redwood, a memorial with luminary lights aims to remember the lives lost to the COVID-19 pandemic in San Mateo County.
The display is being done in conjunction with the first-ever lighting of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington D.C. honoring the more than 400,000 who have died due to COVID-19 in the U.S.
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Harris took part in a memorial at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and invited Americans nationwide to light a candle in their windows, light up city buildings, ring a bell and join in a national moment of remembrance.
Answering that call, Redwood City announced that Courthouse Square “will be illuminated in light amber, the designated COVID-19 Memorial Color, in a National moment of unity and remembrance.”
“The luminarias displayed represent each of the lives lost to COVID-19 in San Mateo County,” the city added, and also shared this excerpt from Maya Angelou’s poem, When Great Trees Fall: ” “They existed. They existed. We can be. Be and be better. For they existed.”
Photos credited to the City of Redwood City