The event will honour those who lost their lives as a result of the pandemic.
Taking place this Thursday, July 16th at 11am, Manchester is set to honour all those who have died due to the Coronavirus outbreak with an online memorial service which will pay tribute and allow friends and family to bereave those they have lost during this tough time.
Hosted at Manchester Cathedral, a reduced capacity of 70 will be permitted to attend the memorial at the church, however, it will be streamed online for anyone to view and pay their respects. The memorial will also pay a specific tribute to those who died on the frontline of the virus within the NHS and healthcare sectors.
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A thoughtful online memorial book will also be opened, paying a heartwarming tribute to each person in Greater Manchester who has died. Family and friends will be invited to submit notes, photos and memories of their loved ones, which will publicly be presented in the remembrance book online.
Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said of the memorial: “All of us in public life have been deeply touched by the individual stories of loss that we have heard far too often over the past few months.
“In the middle of a crisis that has affected tens of thousands of people it has sometimes been too easy to forget that every single person who died is mourned and has left behind family and friends in grief.
“As a community we wish to express our compassion and support for those who suffer loss, to remember the sorrows and sacrifices of others and express gratitude for the memories we treasure.
“The memorial will also offer the opportunity to pay particular tribute to the frontline health and social care staff who put themselves at risk and too often paid the ultimate price through their care for others. We will never forget what they did.
“I hope that through this online memorial we will be able to pay tribute and remember with affection every person who died of Covid-19 in Greater Manchester.”