WESTFIELD, NJ — The town is looking to get in touch with families of its 47 residents lost to COVID-19 so that it can recognize those people as it participates in a national moment of remembrance later this month.
Mayor Shelley Brindle said the town is unable to publicly name those lost to COVID-19 without their families’ permission and so would like to open the opportunity to the families by having them email the town.
“We would like to make the opportunity available to anyone wishing to have a family member recognized who was part of the 47 beloved lives lost in Westfield,” Brindle said in her Tuesday COVID-19 update. “Please email us to have the name of your loved one included in our remembrance ceremony.”
The mayor said she is coordinating with the local ministerium, an association of clergy, on the details of the Jan. 19 service, which is anticipated to be livestreamed for the public. Brindle said she would provide the details once they are finalized.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee had in a Tuesday announcement invited cities and towns across the nation to participate in the ceremony by illuminating buildings and ringing church bells at 5:30 p.m.
The committee said it would release more specifics about the ceremony, which would feature lighting around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington.
Those families from Westfield wishing to have their loved ones’ name (s) included in the tribute are asked to email email@example.com.
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