HAGERSTOWN, MD (March 4, 2021) – Washington County Government will be joining Governor Hogan and the State of Maryland as they host a twilight ceremony on the evening of Friday, March 5, 2021.
Washington County will be participating in the twilight ceremony by illuminating candles on the steps of the County Administration building in memory of each person that has passed due to COVID-19. The County will also be lighting up the building in amber lights and placing two wreaths on the front of the building as we give thanksgiving to those who have worked tirelessly over the past year to keep our community safe and healthy.
At approximately 6:20 p.m. there will be a statewide moment of silence. The public is invited to light a candle from the safety of your home or business as we collectively remember our fight against COVID-19. Note this is a 10 minute time change from the original plan.
On Wednesday, March 3, 2021, the State of Maryland issued the following press release:
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today announced that, on Friday, March 5, Maryland will commemorate the one-year anniversary of the state’s first confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The governor will declare Friday a day of remembrance in honor of the more than 7,700 Marylanders who have lost their lives during the pandemic.
A twilight ceremony will be held at the State House on Friday evening, and in coordination with local leaders, buildings across the state will be lit up amber. Members of the public are encouraged to join the ceremony virtually via live stream.
“One year ago at this time, we could not have fathomed the toll that the pandemic would take on each and every one of us,” said Governor Hogan. “On Friday, we will pause as a state to remember all those we have lost, and express our gratitude to the healthcare heroes and frontline workers whose many sacrifices have saved lives and kept us safe.”
As of today, Maryland has reported 383,956 confirmed cases of COVID-19.