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Westchester County Remembers Over 1,100 Residents Who Have Died of Covid-19

Updated: Oct 6, 2022

(Yonkers, NY) – Overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades at Lenoir Preserve stands a new memorial, The Ribbons of Remembrance, dedicated to Westchester County residents who have lost their lives to COVID-19.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “We need within our culture certain social points where we can come together. We have all lost people that we know and love through this process. This is a chance to do something tangible to remember that person in those quiet moments, when it’s you, the remembrance of your loved one and nature. We are here near the eternal Hudson and eternal mountains in sky that will be here before we got here and here long after we are gone. It’s a way to remember that this people were once with us, important to us and we’re not going to forget them.”

Visitors will find the memorial a short walk away from the Lenoir Preserve parking lot in front of the Wightman Mansion. They are encouraged to write the name of someone they have lost on a ribbon and tie it to a tree or the rope structure.

Ribbons and permanent markers are available at the memorial. Visitors are asked to drop used permanent markers in the designated bin to be properly disinfected by parks staff.

Westchester County Parks Department Commissioner Kathy O’Connor said: “The Westchester County Parks Department is proud to memorialize the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our staff has worked diligently to provide a peaceful environment that will allow people to reflect on the loss they are feeling.”

Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health Commissioner Michael Orth said: “Although we are unable to grieve in traditional ways during this time, it is critical that we allow ourselves and others the time necessary to work through this process in order to move toward health and healing. Connect with loved ones and seek out additional support if you are in need.”

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