Honoring the lives lost from COVID-19

Over 600,000 flags placed on National Mall to pay tribute to those who have passed away from COVID-19

Katie Rubio, Staff Writer

Thousands gather up to honor those who lost their life to COVID-19. On the National Mall, more than 600,000 white flags were planted, each representing a life lost. A written personalized message from loved ones is contained within each flag to honor their memory.

Currently, there are around 41 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 660,000 have died in the U.S. Almost three years after the first case of this disease, the coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on everyone on a global scale. 

Many have lost loved ones during this pandemic and due to the rise in cases, we’re unable to hold memorials to honor their passing. Not being able to honor such service does take a substantial emotional toll. 

Artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg developed a way to honor the many deaths that occurred in isolation without acknowledgment. In front of the Washington Monument poses a place for these flags, having a moving emotional response to this exhibit. The flags will be on display at the National Mall from September 17 to October 3. As the number of deaths from this virus increase, people will have the opportunity to dedicate flags with their messages digitally if they are unable to see the flags in person.

Honoring those who lost their lives to this virus is becoming more and more significant as the number of cases and deaths continues to increase. Similar to this exhibit, another art exhibit in Scottsdale, Arizona has also recently opened on Friday 9/17. In this exhibit, miniature suitcases are being displayed to honor an Arizonan who has passed away from COVID-19. Inside each of the suitcases holds an obituary of that person, in a unique design.

Remembering those who have passed away from this terrible outbreak of COVID-19 is important as we are still facing struggles to fully stop the spread. Continuing to follow updates on CDC guidelines, we hope to stay safe and honor those who have passed along the way.