Nearly 210,000 lives have been lost to the coronavirus in the United States, and on Sunday, the first National COVID-19 Remembrance Day, a powerful installation was set up outside the White House to represent theon the nation. Twenty-thousand empty chairs were lined up on the Ellipse, a large lawn outside of the White House. Each one stands for 10 lives lost to COVID-19.
The organization COVID Survivors for Change set up the chairs and also live-streamed a program of “advocacy, art and real people’s stories.” The event was hosted by Grammy Award-winner and former U.S. Ambassador for Health Dionne Warwick, CBS affiliate WUSA reports.
Speakers included family members of those who have died from COVID-19, as well as survivors and frontline workers.