Mayor London Breed Announces San Francisco's Participation in National Memorial to Lives Lost to COVID-19
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San Francisco, CA — Today, Mayor London N. Breed announced that San Francisco will be participating in the national Memorial to Lives Lost to COVID-19 by lighting buildings across the city in amber and gold. The memorial will take place in Washington D.C. and nationwide on January 19, 2021 starting at 5:30 p.m. ET and continuing at 5:30 p.m. local time in cities and towns across the country. The memorial will feature the lighting of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and the illumination of buildings and ringing of church bells in a national moment of unity and remembrance.

The program in Washington D.C. will emphasize the importance of looking back and remembering the lives we've lost to COVID-19 as we look forward to the hope of a new path and a brighter future. In San Francisco, the following buildings will be lit at 5:30 p.m. PT:
  • San Francisco City Hall
  • The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
  • The San Francisco Symphony's Davies Hall
  • The San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center
  • Coit Tower
  • The Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park
  • Grace Cathedral on Nob Hill
  • Chase Center
  • ORACLE Park
  • Salesforce Tower
  • San Francisco International Airport's International Terminal
  • The Embarcadero Center
  • 690 Folsom

Additionally, San Francisco's faith community will participate in the memorial by ringing bells at 2:30 p.m. PT.

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"Today San Francisco will join cities across the country to light up our buildings in honor of the hundreds of thousands who have sadly lost their lives to COVID-19," said Mayor Breed. "While we continue to work every day to keep people healthy and get the vaccine out to protect our residents and workers, it's important for us to pause as a country and reflect on all that has been lost in the last year. The months ahead will not be easy, but as a country under the leadership of President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris, we can and will move forward together."

"The inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris represents the beginning of a new national journey. However, in the midst of a pandemic – when so many Americans are grieving the loss of family, friends, and neighbors – it is important that we honor those who have died, reflect on what has been one of the more challenging periods in this nation's history, and renew our commitment to coming together to unite our country, end the pandemic, and rebuild our nation," said Pili Tobar, Communications Director, Presidential Inauguration Committee.


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