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"We were warned that the pandemic was coming and yet we chose to ignore it. We have been humbled by the suffering and pain. Those who follow us need to understand how wrong we have been and how the innocent have suffered because of our failings. " "We have always had war memorials in this country, and this is no different. We have had to fight covid, as surely as any foe, and some people are having to carry on this battle, with having long covid. A memorial would make sure we NEVER forget, so that we would be more prepared in case this happened again!" "Apart from a Memorial to those that died, some needlessly, it will help as a reminder of the speed and carnage of a pandemic. It's existence may prevent a future government ignoring pandemic planning studies. We need to remember so that we can be better prepared." "Memories are short and we need to be reminded. Government needs to reflect on how it’s actions and omissions produced the results we will all have to deal with over the next years. Already people are out and about ignoring social distancing - do we need reminders even before it is over?" "Not only will it serve to honour those whose lives have been devastated by the pandemic, it will remind us in future to prepare adequately for the inevitable future pandemics we face. It will also remind us of having a government in power that has, through its own negligence, greed led to such tragedy" "We've lost so many people to this terrible disease/virus, many of which were avoidable, including those who died and will die because of diagnosis or treatment being withheld because of the efforts to combat Covid. Those people need to be remembered, and the government needs to be brought to account for it." "Long grief will be part of the Covid condition. Their needs to be a place to go. Nurses and Health workers who had to figure out treatment under total stress and be family for each patient need a place to remember. The nation needs to honour the loss. Reminder that such can come again" "After great suffering, there is collective trauma, healing needed. Lockdown has made & broken bonds, society needs places to gather, to see that others have been affected, to normalise processing grief in all its forms. A memorial should pay tribute to all stages of covid experience. loss is to heal." "Memorial in the form of gardens of remembrance or wildlife areas with contemplation areas would be my choice. The virus will be around for a long time and more people will die or suffer long after this crisis. We need something on going to remember workers and victims. " "I have survived covid pneumonia and a clot but I am still experiencing the effects of long covid Yet I have lost work colleagues to covid and I feel they should be remembered " "Losing a loved one to covid is hugely traumatic & difficult. Like so many I couldn’t be there at the end, I couldn’t hold her hand or say goodbye. I couldn’t grieve with family. We couldn’t give a funeral deserving of our previous loved one together with family & friends. We need to come together. " "Supporting the memorial for those who passed, for those who still suffer physically & mentally & for those who had to carried on despite it all. We started our project during the pandemic. We stretched the "essential worker" definition to "all who would've liked to stop but couldn't". Faces of Brum or the UK." "I don’t think any of us will forget the past 12 months and its horrors. I think a COVID Memorial Day is a lovely idea so we remember together but not another statue or plaque. What about a scholarship fund for care workers to enhance their skills through various courses? They deserve to benefit in some way" "I support Covid-19 memorials, I would prefer the memorials were buildings rather than statues, perhaps like the numerous memorial halls created after the Great War. Which could serve as a community centre for all, while acknowledging the losses in the area." "I support an Annual Memorial Day to remember a lost year for all people trapped in care homes unable to have human contact with their loved ones. I also support the day to remember and give thanks for All The front line people involved in caring, policing and the Government who made hard decisions." " I support having a national memorial day as I lost my dad, Brian Spencer on 24th April 2020. A memorial will help us remember the many people we have lost and give thanks to those that worked tirelessly to ensure others didn't lose their lives to this awful virus." "Small comfort to those who lost their lives or family members, but it would help to heal the wounds of loss, if physical memorials, statues and plaques were mounted around the country, so we who survived (and more importantly those children who need a valid explanation) were shown why they died. " "I survived covid 19 in April 2020, only now to still be suffering from long covid.My husband and son also had covid symptoms husband before testing of nhs staff he also nursed covid patients and lost his father to covid.We most never forget the fight we all made as a country against covid 19." "It is important for those who remain to see the Learning Disabled people and their carers who died as a valued part of the whole population. Also anything that moves the pandemic away from a party political agenda and shows remembrance as a wider activity - not just owned by this government - must be good." "Many of us know people who have died or suffered during this unprecedented time and we should always remember those we have lost. We must also never forget that our government failed us unforgivably as a country during this crisis - a memorial would remind us that this should never happen again. " "So we remember to take care of our society’ to nurture respect and show gratitude for life, Covid is / was not easily survived....some simply got lucky. That respect for everyone in the service sector’ NHS and Community Care staff and their well-being remains high on the agenda of us all." "We need — to be reminded to be ready for next time. A 'collection' could support medical research. — to remember those who died; — to provide some sort of memorial for the benefit of survivors in families from whom so much was taken so shockingly; — to thank the people on whom we unexpectedly had to rely. " "I support the idea for a Covid memorial because I lost both of my parents within three months of each other to this virus. So I firmly believe we should never forget those that have been taken as a result of contracting this virus. Allied to that, we must also remember the heroic efforts of our NHS staff." "Many of us say, “I can’t wait until this is over and we can go back to normal.” But for hundreds of thousands of families, this is not possible. We must never forget the consequences of this virus, for the people whose lives have been changed forever by the loss they have suffered." "Because we need to remember. Not just the people and families/friends of those we've lost but as a constant reminder about how catastrophically this inept government has handled the crisis. We also need an inquiry now."

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