Borough of Madison to Participate in this Evenings COVID-19 National Moment of Unity and Remembrance

Social-Graphics_PIC_Shine-a-Light_1024x577_011421Madison, NJ – January 19, 2021 – The Borough of Madison will be joining in the nationwide memorial this evening, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 5:30 P.M. to honor those who have lost their lives to the COVID-19 pandemic. Landmarks and communities throughout this great nation have come together to join this tribute to show unity and remembrance. 

In Washington, D.C., the memorial ceremony, which is scheduled as part of the Inauguration Celebration for President-Elect Joseph R. Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala D., will feature the lighting of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and ringing of church bells.

“The inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris represents the beginning of a new national journey — one that renews its commitment to honor its fallen and rise toward greater heights in their honor. In that spirit, it is important that we pay tribute to those we have lost — and their families — and come together to unite our country, contain this virus, and rebuild our nation,” said Presidential Inaugural Committee CEO and President of Delaware State University Tony Allen.

Right here in Madison, the memorial will include the illumination of the Hartley Dodge Memorial in light amber, the color of a candle, and the sounding of church bells throughout town. Bells will be rung a total of 40 times, reflecting the 400,000 lives lost in the United States. Each ring will represent 10,000 lives lost nationally. Within each ring, we will remember the 18 Madison residents who we lost over this last year to COVID-19. 

Residents are encouraged to get involved by lighting a candle and placing it in your window or ringing your own bell at 5:30 P.M. 

“I encourage all residents to join us this evening, from the comfort of your own home, as we join in the nationwide memorial where we will not only be remembering the 18 Madisonians that we have lost due to COVID-19, but also the 400,000 Americans that have left us this past year. This memorial shows the importance of looking back to remember all the lives that we have sadly lost, while also looking forward with hope and a brighter future,” said Mayor Robert H. Conley. 

More information on the COVID-19 Memorial can be found online at