CONTACT: Roland Martinez, Department of Human Services
SAN ANTONIO (May 27, 2021) – The City of San Antonio and community organizations came together this morning to honor the more than 3,400 lives lost to COVID-19 by creating a memorial and encouraging others to be vaccinated in responsible care for our community.
The memorial, Deep in Our Hearts: A Memorial to Lives Lost to COVID, will be complete for public viewing by Memorial Day 2021 weekend. Family members of those who have died from COVID-19 are invited to write name(s), prayers, attach photos, bring flowers, etc., at the memorial site any time while on display at the future site of Civic Park, corner of Market and South Alamo streets west of Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
“I know how important and meaningful this memorial is to all the families who lost their loved ones because of the coronavirus, so again I offer my sincerest condolences to all of you who have been impacted,” Mayor Ron Nirenberg said. “I am glad to see that we as a community have made the effort and taken the time to honor these most cherished lives. I would also like to acknowledge all of our community partners who collaborated on the creation of this beautiful memorial.”
“All of us know someone whether it was a mother, father, sister, brother, co-worker or dear friend who has died since the pandemic began more than a year ago, and this memorial will allow each of us to remember and reflect upon that loss,” Assistant City Manager Colleen Bridger said. “And just as the name of the memorial implies, they will always remain deep in our hearts.”
Deep in Our Hearts will consist of more than 3,400 red heart shapes (12” x 13”) attached to the chain link fencing that surrounds the future Civic Park. The memorial will provide a visual remembrance of our fellow San Antonians lost and a physical location for people to remember, mourn and heal.
Memorial hearts, one for each person who has passed, will extend the full distance of the fence line from the corner of Market and South Alamo to HemisFair, and from the corner to the Convention Center.
All available COVID-19 vaccines are extremely effective at preventing moderate and severe cases of COVID-19 that can lead to hospitalization and death. The COVID-19 vaccine can help protect you by creating an immunity response in your body without you having to become sick with COVID-19. Getting vaccinated also helps protect people around you from COVID-19, especially those at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
Vaccines are widely available at doctor’s offices, pharmacies, hospitals, as well as mass vaccination and pop-up vaccination clinics. Visit this website for information on where to get a vaccine – https://covid19.sanantonio.gov/What-YOU-Can-Do/Vaccination#get-vaccinated
Memorial partners to date include Bexar County, Bridges to Care San Antonio, Christ Episcopal Church, Compassionate San Antonio, Compassionate SA Grassroots, Department of Human Services, Metro Health, FPC Architects, HemisFair Development and Conservancy, Lackland Chaplaincy, City of San Antonio Mayor’s Office, SACRD.org, San Antonio Food Bank, and The Jewish Federation.
More details are available at this website – https://www.sacrd.org/DeepInOurHearts/