COVID-19 Memorial In Longfellow Square Upcoming

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The Henry W. Longfellow Statute in Longfellow Park in  Downtown Portland is to be the Site of a Temporary Memorial This Weekend.  (Since this Photo was Taken Longfellow’s Mask Has Been Removed).

On Friday morning, November 27, a temporary memorial will be placed in Longfellow  Square for those who have died from COVID-19 this year.  This temporary memorial will be available for viewing and solemn remembrance from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm on Friday November 27th and Saturday, November 28th according to a press release from Tony Zeli, publisher and editor, of “The West End News.”

We encourage the public to participate through quiet reflection.  All who have lost a loved one family member friend, neighbor or colleague may commemorate their deaths by placing symbolic remembrances by the signs.  They may include flowers shells, stones and poems.  Please no candles.  We encourage natural materials.

Remembrances will be retrieved on Friday evening because no items may be left in the city park overnight.  All remembrances will be respectfully returned the next morning.  Om Saturday evening at 7:00 pm., volunteers will remove all remembrances which will be catalogued for posterity by The West End News.

There will be no formal gathering or service.  Instead, we invite you to visit, remember and consider these individuals, their families and friends at this extraordinary time.