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City of Portage to honor COVID-19 victims

City of Portage
Posted at 9:17 AM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 09:17:43-05

PORTAGE, Mich. — The City of Portage will honor COVID-19 victims by participating in the Presidential Inaugural Committee’s memorial on Tuesday to remember and honor all lives lost to the virus.

The Washington, D.C. ceremony will feature lighting around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, according to a news release Thursday.

Cities and towns across the country are asked to join D.C. in illuminating buildings and ringing church bells at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Portage is also participating in the Floral Heart Project – an ongoing effort by artist Kristina Libby to help provide healing, compassion and sympathy for those impacted by COVID-19.

A floral heart wreath adorning Portage City Hall will be illuminated that evening.

“We join our family, friends and neighbors who are grieving the loss of their loved ones to COVID-19,” City Manager Joe La Margo said. “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.”

The city encourages all Portage residents to make or purchase a floral heart wreath for their homes and/or illuminate their porch lights on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. 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.