Cranston residents gather to remember lives lost to Covid-19

Dozens of residents in Cranston, along with local elected officials gathered at city hall Wednesday night to remember the lives of the more than 100 residents in the city that have died from Covid-19.

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) – Dozens of residents in Cranston, along with local elected officials, gathered at city hall Wednesday night to remember the lives of the more than 100 residents in the city that have died from Covid-19.

“I feel their energy and I feel the energy of our community leaders and the people around me fighting, unifying, collectively getting together to have a conversation to create positive change in their honor,” said City Councilor Edward Brady.

The service comes after the Cranston City Council passed a resolution a few weeks ago introduced by Councilor Aniece Germain, proclaiming the first Monday in March as a ‘Covid Remembrance Day,’ and establishing that they will hold a memorial ceremony.

“It’s a somber night,” said Cranston resident Gary Cummings.

Many of the elected officials who spoke said that they are overjoyed that people are getting vaccinated, but cautioned people against getting complacent with the virus.

“While we know that there is hope to be had, we must not lose sight of the loss that has taken place,” said Mayor Ken Hopkins. “Our future will be brighter. As always, one Cranston, one heartbeat.”

So far, the virus has killed almost 140 Cranston residents.

Those present tonight remembered their friends and family.

“Showing support for the lost ones – that’s something that I really appreciate and I’m pretty sure that the community really appreciates it too,” said Cranston resident Woosvens Angervil.

Cummings says he’s had personal friends that have died fighting the virus.

“It would mean the world to them that they’re not forgotten about, that they mattered, that the city recognizes that, and it’s just a beautiful thing,” said Cummings.

Germain said at the end of the ceremony that she hopes they began a tradition; that they can return here each year to city hall to commemorate the lives lost in the city due to Covid-19.

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