Memorials to lives lost from COVID

As more than 200,000 have died in the U.S. from COVID, there have been several recent memorials created in D.C.

In America, How Could This Happen?

In America, How Could This Happen? is an exhibit of white flags on the Armory Parade Grounds, one for each death. More flags will continue to be added as the death toll increases. Created by local artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, the exhibit is up through November 6th, and can be seen in person or viewed on webcams.

COVID-19 US Honor Quilt

The COVID-19 US Honor Quilt is a project by artist Diane Canney. It has been on display at a few places around D.C. Here’s where to find out more about it, including how to submit a panel that becomes a part of it.

COVID Memorial Project

The COVID Memorial Project laid out 20,000 flags on the grounds of the Washington Monument. Each flag represented 10 deaths.

Mourning into Unity

Religious organizations sponsored inter-faith vigils for the tragedy of COVID throughout the country. The vigil in D.C. was sponsored by The Church of the Epiphany, and took place on Black Lives Matter Plaza on 10/19/20.

These memorials were all created after the death toll reached 200,000. It was just a short while ago – Memorial Day weekend – when the government lowered flags to half-staff to recognize hitting 100,000 deaths.

All photographs ©Victoria Pickering

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  1. Powerful and tragic. On behalf of those of us who only hear the details on the news, these photos really bring the point home to illustrate how the DC area is showing the hearts and hurt of our nation.

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