New York’s Green-Wood Cemetery Dedicates A New Memorial To All The Victims Of COVID-19

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
New York’s Green-Wood Cemetery Dedicates A New Memorial To All The Victims Of COVID-19

Many people lost family members, friends, and loved ones to COVID-19. The pandemic took away many innocent lives, leaving the world in dismay. Talking about America, the pandemic took the lives of more than 1.1 million Americans. This number includes 79,000 from New York City. To remember these victims of COVID-19, New York’s Green-Wood Cemetery has a new memorial on view this month. 

New Memorial At New York’s Green-Wood Cemetery

A new memorial named, “The Many Losses From COVID-19” in the Green-Wood Cemetery in New York is on view this month. This memorial was created to remember all the people who lost their lives to COVID-19 and honour the pain they went through. 

This public art memorial received contributions from twenty community groups across the city. The contribution includes butterfly images, RIP placards, decorated masks, and flowers. Everyone is welcome to add their contribution to this memorial. All you have to do is look for a space along Green-Wood’s historic wrought-iron fence. This is near the Main Entrance at Fifth Avenue at 25th Street. 

Steve Zeitlin, co-director of City Lore, said that this creates a ‘wall of memory’ for us to remember all the victims. City Lore has also collaborated on the memorial project and is a centre for urban folk culture. 

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The Loss Of Life During The Pandemic

The project’s consultant, Kat Turner, says that the public memorials remind people about the loss of life faced by the city during the pandemic. 

She also said that it wasn’t only lives that were lost. We also lost relationships, jobs, time, smell, and taste. The reason behind naming this memorial at Green-Wood Cemetery is to recognise the many losses faced by the city and its people. 

The organisers worked with many community groups for the project. These community groups have participants who experienced losses during the pandemic. These groups belonged to different places like Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and many more. 

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