Photos: Bells toll for COVID victims

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  • Francine Tishman, left, and partner Janet Cain light their candles outside town hall while the bell of the First Congregational Church is rung for five minutes on Tuesday evening in a memorial tribute to those lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Josie Alderman, left, and about a dozen other Southampton residents hold a vigil outside town hall while the bell of the neighboring First Congregational Church is rung for five minutes Tuesday evening as part of a nationawide memorial tribute to those lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Southampton Select Board Chairwoman Maureen Groden, right, and other town officials and residents hold a vigil outside town hall as the bell of the First Congregational Church is rung for five minutes Tuesday evening in a nationwide memorial tribute to those lost to the pandemic. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

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Published: 1/20/2021 1:00:30 PM

SOUTHAMPTON – On Tuesday evening, town officials and members of the community held a candlelight vigil outside the illuminated town hall and gazebo while others rang the bell of the nearby First Congregational Church for five minutes as a memorial tribute to those lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. The action was part of a nationwide pause to remember called for by President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris who led a similar ceremony at the same moment at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington.

After the bell ringing, select board chair Maureen Groden, who brought her own perspective as a nurse, said, “in this difficult political climate we must not forget that everyone who has died from COVID was someone’s mother, father, grandmother, neighbor.” Then Groden offered condolences with the reading of a short poem by Walter Rinder.

Kevin Gutting can be reached at kgutting@gazettenet.com.


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