LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County remembered victims of the COVID-19 pandemic with a special lighting ceremony on Tuesday.
As of Jan. 19, 2,873 people have died in Clark County as a result of the pandemic. In remembrance of those lives, the county illuminated its rotunda with 30 beams of light — one for each 100 people that have lost their lives.
A separate ceremony was planned by the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada at 2:30 p.m. The RTC joined in the National Moment of Unity honoring the lives of the 400,000 people who have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. The Bonneville Transit Center paused for a one-minute bell-ringing ceremony. The event was broadcasted live on YouTube.
“The number of people who have passed from the pandemic is staggering,” said Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick, “and it’s important that we honor their memory while remaining steadfast in our efforts to combat the virus and bring the pandemic to an end.”
This event in in coordination with remembrance events taking place around the nation. The Presidential Inauguration Committee has asked communities around the nation to participate in a national moment of unity and remembrance by illuminating buildings, lighting candles and ringing church bells.
“The beams of light ascending toward the skies will be stark reminders of the terrible personal cost of this pandemic and of the need of this community to keep our commitment to social distancing, wearing masks, frequent hand-washing and avoiding large groups,” said Commissioner Jim Gibson.