The Borough will pause, reflect and shine a light in memory of those who have died in the pandemic.
Harrow will join other areas as part of a national Day of Reflection, on 23rd March, to pay respects to those who have died and all those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
A minute’s silence at midday and a national doorstep vigil, at 8pm, will form part of the event. The Civic Centre, in Harrow, will also be lit up at 8pm in memory of those who have lost their lives.
In the past 12 months, 674 Harrow residents have died from Covid. That's 674 lives tragically lost - family members who have still not been able to mourn and who are struggling to come to terms with their grief.
Spearheaded by Marie Curie and supported by charities, businesses, membership organisations, emergency services, public sector bodies, community groups, individuals and many more, the day will allow everyone to remember those who have died, and bring people together to pause, reflect and support each other this month and in years to come.
As well as taking part in the national event, Harrow will host an online commemoration page where those who have been affected by Covid-19 can post messages and pictures about loved ones, friends or colleagues whom they have lost during the pandemic.
Cllr Nitin Parekh, Mayor of Harrow, said:
“This event will give us all time to pause and think about this unprecedented loss we're facing and support each other through grief in the years to come.
“It is right that we pay our respects and remember those that we have lost as well as hope for a brighter future free from the suffering Covid-19 has brought.
I have been struck by how the community has come together to support one another and I thank everyone for continuing to do all they can to halt the pandemic.
Volunteers have at times sacrificed their own health and risked their lives to help our community.”
“Together with the continued strength and support of our community we can and will get through this.”