A couple of Vancouver landmarks are using their light installations to mark Canada’s newly created National Day of Observance for COVID-19.
From now on, March 11 is intended to be a day to commemorate those who lost their lives to the virus. So far it’s killed approximately 22,000 Canadians.
BC Place will dim the lights every hour on the hour Thursday night for the COVID-19 National Day of Observance.
“Today, we honour every individual who lost their life to this disease, and recognize all who have been impacted by the pandemic,” BC Place said in a tweet.
The stadium lights will dim for 5 minutes at the top of each hour tonight to acknowledge the National Day of Observance for COVID-19. Today, we honour every individual who lost their life to this disease, and recognize all who have been impacted by the pandemic ❤️ pic.twitter.com/rFIfqZTpV5
— BC Place (@bcplace) March 11, 2021
The Vancouver Convention Centre will also illuminate its light fixtures around Jack Poole Plaza to mark the day.
Tonight, the Vancouver Convention Centre will be illuminated to honour the National Day of Observance, commemorating those who have lost their lives and the significant impacts we have all felt from #COVID19.
— Vancouver Convention Centre (@VanConventions) March 11, 2021
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared the national day at a press conference on Monday.
“Early last year, our lives, and the lives of everyone around the world, were forever changed by the emergence of COVID-19,” he said.
“In recognition of how far we have come and how far we still have to go, the Government of Canada is designating March 11, 2021, as a National Day of Observance.”