Mayor de Blasio has announced that March 14, 2021 will be known as a city-wide "day of remembrance" for the victims of COVID-19.
The Mayor makes this announcement at a recent press conference, reflecting on this past year with the pandemic.
“It’s important that we have a day going forward in the future of the city to always remember what happened in 2020, to remember those we lost, to honor them, to honor their families,” he said. “And, of course, at the same time, remember all the heroism, all the people who did so much good to protect people.”
The date of the remembrance will be March 14, 2021, which marks the day of the first COVID-19 death in New York City. Since then the city has lost 25,000 people due to the virus.
“So, on March 14th each year, we remember also the painful lessons we learned but it’s a time to rededicate ourselves to making a difference and changing things,” he continued. “A day to look back, but it will always also be a day to look forward and say, how can we do better so we never lose people again, and we have a city that is there for everyone going forward.”
No other details of how the city will acknowledge the day has been given.