COVID-19 Victims To Be Honored During Citywide Moment Of Silence

CHICAGO, IL — In honor of all those lives lost to the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is asking Chicagoans to take part in a moment of silence on Tuesday.

Starting 6 p.m., residents and businesses across Chicago will turn off their lights and electronics and step outside to light a candle and observe a moment of silence for the COVID-19 victims, according to a release from the mayor's office.

"The City will be dark during this moment as we reflect on the pandemic and its impact on our city and country," the Facebook event page said. "Participating faith institutions and businesses are asked to ring bells or other instruments to commemorate this memorial service."

Navy Pier and Downtown buildings are among those who are participating and will light their buildings an amber color or display an image of a candle in solidarity with the national memorial and cities and towns across the country.

At 6:10 p.m., the lights will be turned back on, symbolizing "moving from darkness to light," the release said. This event is part of the National COVID-19 Memorial Service organized by Joe Biden's presidential inauguration committee for the night before he is sworn in as the country's 46th president. The nationwide memorial will remember more than 398,000 people who have died from COVID-19 in the United States.

Residents and businesses in Chicago can post to social media with the hashtag #brightertogether to show their support for the cause.

This article originally appeared on the Chicago Patch