Photos: Bells toll for COVID victims

View Photo Gallery
  • 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

Staff Photographer
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.
Sign up for our free email updates
Daily Hampshire Gazette Headlines
Daily Hampshire Gazette Contests & Promotions
Daily Hampshire Gazette Evening Top Reads
Daily Hampshire Gazette Breaking News
Daily Hampshire Gazette Obits
Daily Hampshire Gazette Sports
Daily Hampshire Gazette PM Updates
Daily Hampshire Gazette Weekly Top Stories
Daily Hampshire Gazette Valley Advocate

Jobs



Support Local Journalism


Subscribe to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, your leading source for news in the Pioneer Valley.


Daily Hampshire Gazette Office

115 Conz Street
Northampton, MA 01061
413-584-5000

 

Copyright © 2021 by H.S. Gere & Sons, Inc.
Terms & Conditions - Privacy Policy