Government leaders, houses of worship pause to honor victims of pandemic

Government leaders, houses of worship pause to honor victims of pandemic

  • Beth Gramling rings a bell during a vigil in remembrance of all who have died from COVID and all families who have suffered from loss at Altadena Community Church in Altadena on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Church members join in the vigil in from a safe distance in their car during a vigil in remembrance of all who have died from COVID and all families who have suffered from loss at Altadena Community Church in Altadena on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

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  • Beth Gramling holds a candle during a vigil in remembrance of all who have died from COVID and all families who have suffered from loss at Altadena Community Church in Altadena on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Reverend Marcia Hoffman holds a sign during a vigil in remembrance of all who have died from COVID and all families who have suffered from loss at Altadena Community Church in Altadena on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Candles are lit during a vigil in remembrance of all who have died from COVID and all families who have suffered from loss at Altadena Community Church in Altadena on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Reverend Marcia Hoffman holds a sign during a vigil in remembrance of all who have died from COVID and all families who have suffered from loss at Altadena Community Church in Altadena on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Janet Nipple of Pasadena holds a light during a vigil in remembrance of all who have died from COVID and all families who have suffered from loss at Altadena Community Church in Altadena on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

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Government leaders, houses of worship and residents all over Los Angeles County paused to reflect on Tuesday, Jan. 19, to memorialize the more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and about 14,000 county residents who have died of coronavirus-related complications during the pandemic.

The Los Angeles City Council held a moment of silence in honor of the virus’ victims.

“This pandemic has been so difficult, and many of our families are mourning their loved ones,” City Council President Nury Martinez said before adjourning Tuesday’s meeting.

Martinez said the incoming Biden administration asked cities and towns to participate in a national memorial to honor the lives lost to the pandemic. L.A. City Hall would be lit in honor of the victims Tuesday night, she said.

“We are hopeful that the new administration will bring an end to this pandemic,” Martinez said.

Many churches and other houses of faith also hosted memorials.

Altadena Community Church was among them, hosting a vigil for people “who suffered from loss, including loss of loved ones, those who are recovering from the virus, those who have lost jobs and those who have businesses closed right now or permanently closed, and cannot provide for their family needs,” a statement from the church said.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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