What time is the minute silence for Covid Memorial Day today, Friday, March 5?March 5, 2021
TODAY, March 5 marks one year since Britain saw its first citizen die from Covid-19.
To mark the anniversary, Brits are being asked to light a candle and hold a minutes silence for Covid Memorial Day.
What is Covid Memorial Day?
A day-long “virtual commemoration” of those we have lost to Covid-19 over the last year culminating in a 7pm candle-lit minute’s silence.
On 5 March 2020, the BBC reported that a 75-year-old woman in the Royal Berkshire Hospital had become the first Briton to die of COVID-19.
Exactly one year and so many deaths on, Covid Memorial Day will be a moment for Britain’s to take a moment to grieve.
Virtually every nation that has had large numbers of Covid deaths have held national memorials.
Spain, for example, had a 10-day period of remembrance period and last month, the first thing that Joe Biden did was to hold a national Covid Memorial Day.
The reaction of so many Americans after the event was: “I hadn’t realised just how much I’d needed to grieve”.
What time is the minute silence for Covid Memorial Day?
The day will build up to a minute’s silence at 7pm when people will also light candles in their windows or hold socially distanced candle lit vigils outside their houses.
What else is happening on Covid Memorial Day?
In the week ahead of March 5, people put pictures of candles in their windows (like the NHS rainbows) and even photos of loved ones who have died.
Since lockdown rules prevent an actual memorial service, there will be a service live streamed with faith leaders, grief experts, members of bereaved families, poets (Micheal Rosen & others), and other political and cultural figures speaking about loss.
There will be a fairly flexible programme which will also include musicians performing, actors reciting poems. It will also get wider media coverage.
A great deal of content will be generated & shared by people on Social Media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tik Tok etc.)
Who is behind Covid Memorial Day?
Covid Memorial Day is not an organisation or campaign.
It is an idea born from the recognition of the importance of a national moment of collective grief.
It was set up by Amnesty International’s Stefan Simanowitz with support from a small team of people including people bereaved by COVID.
On September 5, 6 months after the first Briton died, Covid Memorial Day was held with vigils across the country – including Trafalgar Square – and a memorial service in London with musical performances and readings by actors.
TV cameras crews were turned away in respect for the bereaved who were attending.
At the same time there was a Covid Memorial Day in the Netherlands where 10,000 candles were lit in Dam Square.
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