Queens Covid Remembrance Day Will Honor the Lives of the More Than 3,600 Queens Residents Taken by Covid-19 with 400 Empty Chairs, Yellow and Floral Hearts, and Art Installations
Following the Event, Covid Survivors for Change will Host a Virtual Support Group for Queens Residents Impacted by Covid
QUEENS, N.Y. – On Saturday, May 1 from 2pm – 8pm, Queens-based members of Covid Survivors for Change, the non-partisan grassroots survivor network, alongside Yellow Heart Memorial, Faces of Covid Victims, and The Floral Heart Project will host a Queens Covid Remembrance Day to honor the lives of the more than 3,600 Queens residents taken by Covid-19 and those whose lives have been forever changed by the pandemic. Covid survivors will set up 400 empty chairs, yellow hearts display from the Yellow Heart Memorial, a floral display by Floral Heart Project, and art installations by multiple Queens and NYC art groups and schools. The event will also include prayers and benedictions, testimonials from Covid-19 survivors, a tribute to frontline workers and a sunset vigil.
Following the event, Covid Survivors for Change will host a grief support group for Queens residents impacted by Covid at 8 pm ET. More information on that is available here.
For the safety of all participants, the event’s audience will watch via a livestream viewable at https://queenscovidremembranceday.com/event-details. More details on the event are below.
WHAT: Queens Covid Remembrance Day
- Brian Walter, a Queens-based member of Covid Survivors for Change and frontline worker whose father, John Walter, was killed by Covid in May 2020
- Cathrine Solomon, a New York City-based member of Covid Survivors for Change and long-hauler, whose parents were killed by Covid-19
- Emylou Solomon Rodriguez, a New York City-based member of Covid Survivors for Change and long-hauler, whose parents were killed by Covid-19
- Chris Kocher, executive director of Covid Survivors for Change
- Congresswoman Grace Meng
- New York State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr.
- New York Assembly member Jenifer Rajkumar
- Queens Borough President Donavan Richards
- Rabbi Ronald Broden
- Chaplain Zilfa Baksh (Queens Hospital)
- Manpreet Kaur
- Baba Lakhwinder Singh Ji (Karamjot Sikh Center of NY)
- Baba Bhupinder Singh Ji (Gurdwara Shaheedan,Inc)
- Jennifer Romero
- Pablo Lopez Jr.
- Alissa Femia
- Lori Gismondi Gonzalez
George Seuffert, Sr. Bandshell
Forest Park Dr
Woodhaven, NY 11421
WHEN: Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 2 pm – 8 pm
About Covid Survivors for Change
Covid Survivors for Change is a national, non-partisan movement bringing together Americans who have lost a loved one to Covid-19, as well as those who have survived the virus and those whose lives have been dramatically altered by the pandemic. As part of Covid Survivors for Change, Americans are mobilizing to make sure that communities have the funding, resources and leadership in place to address future public health emergencies. Survivors will also find community and healing in meeting other people whose lives have been forever changed by the pandemic. For more information, please visit: covidsurvivorsforchange.org.