A Detroit park has been transformed into a temporary memorial for the city’s more than 1,500 residents who’ve died during the Covid-19 pandemic. Mayor Mike Duggan declared Monday “Detroit Memorial Day,” so the city could pay tribute to the victims. Hundreds of large portraits of people who’ve died from the virus line roadways in Belle Isle Park. The photos, which were provided by family members, showed the people who died in happier times. The photos will be on display through Wednesday. “These are people. Men and women. Fathers and mothers. Daughters and sons. Brothers and sisters, who had dreams and plans and a story. They weren’t finished yet.”
Hearses escorted by police led solemn processions around Belle Isle Park in the Detroit River after bells rang across the region at 8:45 a.m. Cars packed with grieving families slowly traveled past hundreds of photos. “We got through this as a community and we will continue to support each other as a community,” Duggan said. He revealed his family wasn’t able to have visitation or funeral services when his father died in March. As of Tuesday, the state has recorded more than 113,000 cases and 6,767 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.