Today starts a Weekend of Remembrance and Honor for Nebraskans lost to the coronavirus pandemic being observed by Governor Pete Ricketts and First Lady Susanne Shore.
Over the next three days, Nebraskans are asked to remember those lost to the pandemic by adding to a virtual memorial wall at neimpact.org with photos, stories, poems and other tributes.
First Lady Susanne Shore Friday said every loss is painful, but losses over the past year have been especially heavy to endure. “Often we haven’t been able to spend time with our loved ones like we’d like to, we haven’t been able to hug and console one another, and often we haven’t even been able to go and mourn as friends, family, as communities,” said Shore. “I’d also like to acknowledge the loved ones of those who’ve died, they’ve lost so much during this particular time. Pete and I hope that all of you find peace and comfort in family members, and in the memories you hold dear.”
As part of the weekend, people are encouraged to engage in acts of honor, such as volunteering or donating to organizations working to mitigate the impact of the pandemic.
In light of the physical, mental, and spiritual toll of the coronavirus pandemic, the Governor proclaimed Sunday, December 20th as a Statewide Day of Prayer. He encouraged Nebraskans to pray, according to their faith, for relief from the pandemic and for strength to endure it. Gov. Ricketts also asked Nebraskans to remember those who’ve perished from the coronavirus along with the families grieving their loss this holiday season.