Niagara Region unveils memorial bench for those impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic
In recognition of the ongoing impacts and lives lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, Niagara Region installed a memorial bench at the Glenridge Quarry Naturalization Site in St.Catharines.
The bench, which is located in the far corner of the naturalization site, features a plaque with the following inscription: “Remembering the lives lost, sacrifices made and those who served on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The bench memorializes the more than 560 residents who have lost their lives to the virus, in addition to the thousands of individuals who served on the front lines and as well as those who made untold sacrifices over the last two years.
The memorial bench is located near the mental health pavilion, reminding visitors to also contemplate the pandemic’s impacts on the collective mental health of our community.
While the Niagara Region recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over, the bench is small tribute to the community’s struggles over the past few years. Residents from all over Niagara may visit the bench and consider the ongoing impacts of the pandemic.
The Glenridge Quarry Naturalization Site is located at 400 St. David’s Rd. in St Catharines. The hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
"While it is difficult to sufficiently recognize the grief of losing a loved one, this memorial bench is a small way the Niagara Region has chosen to memorialize those who have lost their lives during the pandemic. Moreover, we should always remember the innumerable sacrifices of those on the front line and our health care workers who compromised their safety to continue serving our community. I encourage residents from all over the Region to visit this newly installed memorial bench and reflect on the events of the last two years."
~ Regional Chair Jim Bradley
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