How first responders, hospitals and governments are commemorating 1 year of COVID-19

Communities are honoring those who lost their lives and the personnel who have been on the front lines of the crisis

By Laura French

March 11, 2021 marks the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 being declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. First responders and healthcare workers across the country and world have been working for 365 days, and in many cases longer, to care for their patients and communities while facing their own safety concerns, emotional struggles and personal losses

Here are some examples of how public safety, healthcare and government organizations are commemorating one year of the pandemic, and honoring both those who lost their lives and those who are continuing to save lives on the front lines of the crisis.

For many EMS agencies and healthcare facilities, the COVID-19 crisis began before it was officially declared a pandemic. Several organizations have stopped to remember their first COVID-19 patient encounter, transport or admission, or the first case in their state.


As we reflect on the 1-year anniversary of our first COVID-19 patient, we honor those we’ve lost, show gratitude for our courageous health care heroes and look to the future with hope. ☀️

Posted by Lenox Hill Hospital on Monday, March 8, 2021

Today marks one year since the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Colorado. During the past year, we have tragically lost...

Posted by Larkspur Fire Protection District on Friday, March 5, 2021

Thank you to our local volunteer fire departments for helping us recognize the one-year anniversary of our first COVID...

Posted by Montefiore Nyack on Wednesday, March 10, 2021

More than 526,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States, with more than 2.6 million total lives lost worldwide from the virus. Communities hosted memorials and days of remembrance in honor of pandemic victims.


Today marks the anniversary of the first COVID-19 case in Louisiana. GOHSEP Director Jim Waskom joined Governor John Bel...

Posted by Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness on Monday, March 8, 2021

In case you missed it, Governor Gretchen Whitmer lowers flags today, March 10, 2021, to honor one-year anniversary of...

Posted by on Wednesday, March 10, 2021

March 14 is the anniversary of the day we confirmed our first New Yorker lost to COVID-19. This Sunday, we’re honoring...

Posted by NYC Mayor's Office on Monday, March 8, 2021

For the past year, the work of first responders, healthcare professionals and other frontline personnel have been central to national and worldwide efforts to protect, heal and support those affected by the virus. To mark the first anniversary of the pandemic, officials showed their gratitude and paid tribute to essential personnel who have continued to serve. First responders also reflected on their challenges and achievements throughout the crisis. 


One year ago today, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Today Saint Mary’s Hospital...

Posted by Saint Mary's Hospital on Thursday, March 11, 2021

During the last year, our healthcare workers have stood on the frontlines of COVID-19 and taken care of us, our friends, and our families. Here are your messages thanking these heroes. ❤️🥰

Posted by City of Tulsa Gov on Thursday, March 4, 2021

Has your agency commemorated the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic? Let us know how in the comments below. 

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