The City of Santa Monica will join the nationwide tribute to COVID-19 victims.
Tonight, from 5:30 p.m. until midnight, the Santa Monica Ferris wheel will light up in amber as part of a nationwide COVID-19 memorial initiated by The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC). “Pacific Park and the City of Santa Monica will join other communities across the country by lighting the Pacific Wheel amber at 5:30 p.m. local time,” park officials said in a statement. [Featured Image: @aayuskhjain]
This will coincide with the first-ever lighting around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, where President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Harris will honor almost 400,000 Americans lost to the virus as part of their Inauguration ceremonies.
“We invite Americans across the country to come together for a national moment of unity and remembrance to honor the lives lost to COVID-19,” the Facebook event description reads.
Cities across the country will be lighting up landmarks, and everyone is invited to join by lighting a candle in the window of their homes.”We encourage Americans to join us in lighting a candle in your window for this nationwide moment of remembrance. Share the word and invite your family, friends, and loved ones to join us for the COVID-19 Memorial,” the description continues.
Mayor Eric Garcetti has encouraged Angelenos to be a part of the remembrance for loved ones taken too soon.
COVID-19 has changed our country forever, taking too many family members, friends, and neighbors far too soon.
To honor the lives lost, join us by lighting a candle today at 2:30pm PT for a national moment of remembrance as part of @BidenInaugural‘s #COVIDMemorial. pic.twitter.com/vJEQtw2hDy
— MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) January 19, 2021
This moment of unity comes at a crucial point as Los Angeles reaches 1 million cases and the U.S. sees more than 20 million people with the virus.
To see the wheel light up, you can watch Pacific Park’s livestream here.
[Featured Image: @aayuskhjain]