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Remembering friends and family lost to COVID-19

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Bloomington Briefing Published January 28, 2021

This time of year, hearts are recognized as symbols for Valentine’s Day but the City is using hearts in another way — as emblems to commemorate those lost to COVID-19. In December, a virtual memory wall launched on the City’s website. Its display of hearts serves as a reminder for friends and family lost to COVID-19. Each heart pays tribute to a Bloomington resident. 

The virtual memorial wall is presented not only as a tribute but as an opportunity for people to think about the emotional side of COVID-19. The toll of the pandemic amounts to much more than numbers. The life of a real person from the Bloomington community is behind every heart. As of January 19, Bloomington has lost more than 130 residents. 

The virtual memory wall is updated on a weekly basis. To share a photo or story in memory of a loved one you’ve lost, email

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