COLORADO SPRINGS — On Friday evening, a small group gathered to honor health care workers who have died from COVID-19 since March.
Similar vigils have been happening across the country and are put on by National Nurses United, which is the largest organization of registered nurses in the country.
In Colorado Springs, ten volunteers spent around a week creating a garland in honor of health care workers who have passed. "This garland was made to represent the 2,000 lives of health care workers that have died of COVID-19 since March," said Jeannine Cabanellas Kidwell, a local nurse who has been in the industry for around 35 years.
Kidwell said this year has been stressful for those in the health care industry. She said she feels connected to those who have passed away because of COVID-19, even though she never knew them. "Nobody needs to die from this. That we have the control to make a difference by just washing our hands, wearing a mask, and just being knowledgeable," said Kidwell.
A prayer was also said at the vigil.