Local landmarks to be lit as part of national remembrance of lives lost to COVID-19

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Posted at 12:24 PM, Jan 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-19 12:24:23-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Officials from the City of Buffalo and Erie County announced local landmarks will be lit in "amber" (candlelight) Tuesday as part of a national memorial to remember the lives lost to COVID-19.

Buffalo City Hall, Old Erie County Hall and the Rath Building will be lit in amber lights at 5:30 p.m. as part of a national memorial hosted by the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC).

In Washington D.C. the lighting around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool will be lit in amber lights during a special ceremony.

The PIC invites cities, towns and homes across the country to join Washington D.C. in illuminating buildings and ringing church bells at 5:30 p.m. as part of the national moment of unity.

“Erie County will pause and join in a moment of nationwide remembrance this evening, holding in our hearts the memories of the 1,395 county residents and all Americans who have fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “As we grieve this needless loss of life and pray for a better tomorrow we must remember that we are in this together, and by working together we can protect our community and safeguard public health.”