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.