Local cities memorialize 400K COVID deaths

The cities of Portage and Kalamazoo participated in a nationwide memorial to the roughly 400K Americans who have died from COVID since last March.

On Tuesday evening, 400 lights were lit along the reflecting pool next to the Washington Monument in Washington D.C. to commemorate the more than 400,000 Americans who have died from the coronavirus since the pandemic began in March of 2020.

Cities across the country participated with their own light displays. That included the cities of Kalamazoo and Portage.

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Kalamazoo City Hall was lit up with amber lights Tuesday evening, in accordance with a request by the National League of Cities.

Portage combined memorials by lighting a flowered, heart-shaped wreath hung outside city hall. The Floral Heart Project is an effort by artist Kristina Libby to commemorate everyone suffering during the pandemic.

As of Tuesday, 286 people in Kalamazoo County have died due to the coronavirus.

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