COVID memorial goes up in Lynchburg

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — A temporary memorial is up in Lynchburg this week to recognize those lost to COVID-19.

It’s part of a nation wide project called the Floral Heart Project.

Nearly 100 cities across the country have laid large floral hearts to honor the dead. One of them is outside Lynchburg’s Craddock Terry Hotel.

This heart was made by the owner of The Hip Tulip, a shop in downtown Lynchburg, with the help of Bailey Spencer Hardware.

This one is made with nearly 600 roses. The artist, Kelli Willis, says she was honored to be a part of the memorial.

“I think that it more or less takes away that you’re not alone,” said Willis, “that we’re all in this. Be very easy, compassionate towards everyone. Right now, it’s not easy for anybody.”

Some people have placed photos of loved ones who passed away.

“I think the losses, that which we’ve been affected with, has been so monumental. I truly don’t think that’s there’s one person out there that’s not been affected in one way or another.”

The memorial will be up until Friday, March 5 at noon.

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