A number of buildings across Liverpool will light up blue this weekend in remembrance to NHS staff on the eve of 72nd anniversary of the formation of the National Health Service (NHS).
Buildings that will bathed in blue lights include Liverpool Town Hall, St Georges Hall, World Museum Liverpool, Palm House Sefton and Bootle Town Hall.
From tonight at 8.00pm on the eve of the NHS birthday the buildings will light in remembrance of all the NHS colleagues who sadly lost their lives during the pandemic. Members of the public can also join in by placing a candle or light in their window or doorstep this evening in this collective act of remembrance.
The national is also holding a minute’s silence at 8.00pm this evening.
Sunday 5th July members of the public from 5.00pm can join in and applaud NHS staff, key workers and everyone who has played their part during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said:
“Since March, almost 600 people have died in Liverpool because of Covid-19 – not to mention all those who have been hospitalised by the virus.
“The pain and suffering this pandemic has caused in our communities is heart-breaking and beyond comprehension.
“This evening we pause to remember all those who have been lost to this cruel virus. As a city our main civic buildings – the Town Hall, St George’s Hall and Cunard – will all be lit blue in remembrance.
“But as we do so, let us also not forget the countless sacrifices people have made in our hospitals, in our care homes and in our communities to support and care for others be they family, friends, neighbours and strangers alike.
“This has been a huge test for us all, but the greatest struggles often bring out the best in humanity. This pandemic has been no exception.
“So yes, this has been a dark episode in our history and it is not yet over. But there is a light – and that light is hope. Hope for a better tomorrow. One in which the countless inspirational tales of courage and selflessness of these past few months teach us all to be better people in future – to appreciate what we have in life and to continue to care and love for each other.
“By following guidelines, you have saved lives and taken pressure off our precious NHS. Please continue to do so.”