COVID-19 Victims and Survivors Memorial Day March 1
On Monday, March 1, Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford held a moment of silence at 5:00 pm after which the City's Clock Tower chimed 12 times, to remember those who have lost their lives during these last 12 months as a result of COVID-19. Local churches joined in, ringing their bells following the moment of silence. Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford also led a lighting of luminaries on the steps of City Hall on Tuesday March 2, one for every soul lost in Kershaw County as a result of COVID-19. The event was streamed live and can be viewed on the Downtown Camden SC's Facebook Page. The luminaries remained on display through the night, and residents and business owners were encouraged to leave a light on for the victims as well, such as a porch light, lantern or lamp.
"Those we have lost in this pandemic, in many cases, died alone. And we have not been able to gather to grieve them," said Mayor Drakeford. "So I ask that you consider a way to honor those in your family, circle of friends or close community who have passed. Do something they would have loved, and may it help heal the hole their passing has left. I also ask that you join me in recognizing the many heroes who have continually sought and found ways to help all of us move forward. We know who they are – let’s make a special point of telling them thank you."