man stands in front of memorial

County’s memorial to those lost to COVID-19 will be moved indoors to county office building.

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In May, County Executive George Latimer unveiled a new memorial - Ribbons of Remembrance - dedicated to Westchester County residents who we have lost to COVID-19.

Today, Latimer hosted a ceremony to honor those we have lost and to move the memorial indoors to the Main Floor of County Office Building located on 148 Martine Avenue in White Plains for the winter.

Latimer said: “Westchester County residents are a resilient people, but we are still reeling from the toll COVID-19 has taken on our neighbors. This memorial serves as a reminder of all we have lost as we all must continue to move forward through this pandemic.”

The memorial, overlooking the Hudson River at Lenoir Nature Preserve in Yonkers, consists of trees and a rope structure where visitors took ribbons to write the name of someone they have lost. The ribbons were then tied to the rope structure for all to see and reflect upon. While the memorial will no longer be housed outdoors, members of the public are still free to add names in its new location.

Deputy County Executive Ken Jenkins said: “We are here today to honor all of the individuals we lost in Westchester – keeping in mind all of those who have not have the chance for proper reflection and mourning. This is a tribute to all that we have lost.”

Board of Legislators Chairman Ben Boykin said: “For anyone who hung a ribbon here, or others that are grieving, there is a whole that will remain forever. We must remember and we must commit ourselves to always remember.”

Senior Pastor at the Mount Vernon Heights Congregational Church Reverend Troy Decohen said: “We pray in the memory of those that have transitioned to another life, and transitioned alone, without the comfort and touch of their loved ones. We pray for their peace and we pray for their families that grieve.”

Imam Qari Amjad Karmi of the Westchester Muslim Center said: “We seek to honor these members of our community whom we have lost - and to remember their lives. They are beloved family members, friends and fellow Americans.”

Rabbi Evan Hoffman of Anshe Shalom of New Rochelle said: “When my community was first hit with Covid-19 earlier this year, I quarantined for 14 days with my family and children. When I came out, I held my first Covid funeral. Instead of there being 100 people there, it was just me and the funeral workers. We pray for a return to normalcy – for the day to come where we can go out without trepidation. But until that day comes, let us take the necessary precautions and remember those that we have lost.”

Commissioner of Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation Kathy O’Connor said: “When this idea was developed, we were honored when it was decided to host the memorial at Lenoir. I thank our conservation division for their efforts in preparing this space.”

The ceremony consisted of interfaith prayers, remarks from Latimer and other dignitaries and a solemn solo rendition of “Amazing Grace” by the Pipes & Drums of the Police Emerald Society of Westchester.