Honoring Utah’s COVID-19 victims amid push for national day of mourning

A new memorial will be unveiled in Utah on Monday to honor coronavirus victims as March 1 increasingly becomes National Day of Mourning.

The Floral Heart Project traveled thousands of miles to Beehive State and hired hundreds of volunteers.

Creators say they support ongoing efforts to mark today as a national day of mourning for all affected by COVID-19. The project features a six-foot garland of roses in the shape of a heart on display at the University of Utah Hospital Monday night.

Around 200 volunteers are expected to lay out similar pieces across the county. The project begins in New York City and now includes 100 churches.

This is done in partnership with local companies.

Supporters hope the project will be brought to Utah to create a safe place for people who have lost loved ones to honor them. The service at the U of U Hospital starts at 5:45 p.m.

In addition, Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall and City Council members will pay tribute to the victims and survivors of COVID-19 in front of the City & County Building at 6:30 p.m. Monday night

Mayor and city council chairwoman Amy Fowler will comment before setting up lanterns to commemorate the lives lost in Salt Lake City.

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For more information on the Floral Heart Project, please visit: www.floralheartproject.com

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