Mayor Eric Garcetti is exploring options for a permanent COVID-19 memorial in Los Angeles, announcing a task force Wednesday called the COVID-19 Pandemic Reflections Initiative.
“The COVID pandemic has impacted all of us in a profound way, including through the loss of family members, friends, colleagues, and neighbors,” Garcetti said. “This memorial will provide us with a physical space where we can honor and remember our loved ones. The memorial will also stand as a testament to our collective strength and resilience for generations to come.”
The city will work with See Change Institute, which will facilitate a survey and listening sessions to develop the project.
“In recognition of the many lives lost as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this initiative will give the residents of Los Angeles the opportunity to honor the people we loved and to reflect, remember, and instill hope as we move forward in our recovery and healing,” said Daniel Tarica, interim general manager of the Department of Cultural Affairs.
The city held a three-day memorial to those lost to COVID-19 earlier this month, when buildings were lit in blue and a white flag installation was held at the Griffith Observatory.
In September, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a motion to explore ideas for a memorial honoring county residents who have died due to COVID-19.