Honouring the Covid warriors through a ‘National Covid memorial’

By Anwesha Chakravorty

For the past one year, the deadly COVID19 is ravaging the world. Many have lost their loved ones, who were fighting the deadly virus on the frontlines. Amidst this hour of grief, a great initiative has been launched in the honour of these fallen heroes by dedicating a Virtual National Covid memorial.

The memorial was launched on 30th of January this year to commemorate a year of battling this deadly disease. The initiative was supported by a Kolkata based NGO, COVID care network (CCN) to allow people across the nation to remember and pay their tributes to their loved ones.

During the nascent stages of the pandemic the world was unaware of the severity of the virus; there were hardly any known medical avenues available to tackle this virus. This was a serious challenge that humanity had to face till now; in this process it lost many lives. Till the month of September this year, the body of the victims who succumbed to the virus was not released for their last rites and was not handed over to their kith and kin. This was the reason behind the initiative to prepare a Virtual Covid memorial.

Launch of National COVID Memorial

Dr. Partha Sarathi Mukherjee, the secretary of Liver foundation and one of the key people behind the initiative while speaking to News Sense said “We have lost millions of lives due to COVID19. There was so much unpreparedness around the world and no vaccine or a possible cure at sight. Many people lost their loved ones and they couldn’t even pay their last respects to them. This initiative was launched precisely for this reason.” A website called ‘WWW.Nationalcovidmemorial.in’ has been launched for this purpose. The relatives of the deceased can email their tributes to ‘nationalcovidmemorial@gmail.com or can send the same on Whatsapp.

“This venture will bring society closer and help it overcome the trauma Covid has caused, the tribute to covid Martyrs through this memorial is a way of ushering peace to them” adds Mukherjee.