March 23rd 2021 marks the anniversary of the first national lockdown in the UK.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus and the APPG secretariat March for Change are calling for the government to instate a national Covid Memorial Day to remember all the lives lost and all the lives changed during the pandemic.
A minute's silence will be held at 12 noon annually in schools, workplaces and all public venues across the country. Similar to that of Armistice Day.
A new Covid Memorial Monument will be erected on Whitehall across from Westminster to provide a place of reflection where wreaths can be laid. The memorial will also to serve as a permanent reminder for future generations and politicians to learn from the Covid-19 pandemic and to not treat pandemic preparedness as an afterthought. This monument is a a memorial for everyone who has been effected by the Covid-19 pandemic and that is why we are asking for public consultation on the design of the monument, so it is representative of individuals lived experiences during the pandemic.