Opening of a “living memorial” to Covid victims in east London –

Opening of a “living memorial” to Covid victims in east London – fr

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. Photograph: London Assembly

A ‘living memorial’ to Londoners who lost their lives to Covid-19 was unveiled earlier this week in Stratford by Mayor Sadiq Khan.

The London Blossom Garden at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park commemorates residents who died during the pandemic, with 33 trees in bloom to represent the 32 boroughs of the capital and the City of London.

Khan also announced the launch of a bereavement support program which will orient Londoners towards advice and support and which will begin with a public awareness campaign.

He said: “This new public garden is a living and lasting memorial in recognition of the impact Covid has had and continues to have on our city. It is a gathering place to remember the more than 19,000 Londoners who tragically died, to reflect on our own experiences with the pandemic, to highlight how this virus has had a disproportionate impact on many of our communities and to pay tribute to the ongoing efforts. of our main workers.

“This continues to be an extremely difficult time for Londoners as we battle the virus, and I want everyone who has suffered a loss to know that there is support available to them. Nothing will make it easier to lose someone you love, but we want Londoners to know they are not alone. We are here for you, as a city. “

Details of the ‘Remembering Lost Londoners’ campaign, as well as links to advice and support are available on the Thrive LDN website.

A campaign is also underway to have a permanent memorial to the victims of Covid-19 inside St Paul’s Cathedral, while the London Assembly voted unanimously earlier this year in favor of supporting d ‘an emergency services cenotaph in London to pay tribute to the NHS and emergency service workers.

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