LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Clark County will join the rest of the nation in honoring those who have perished as a result of the pandemic with a live televised remembrance on Tuesday, Jan. 19 starting at 2:15 p.m.
The Presidential Inauguration Committee has asked communities around the nation to participate in a national moment of unity and remembrance by illuminating buildings, lighting candles and ringing church bells.
The County will participate by illuminating its rotunda at the Clark County Government Center in downtown Las Vegas with up to 30 beams of light – one for each 100 people who have perished locally as a result of the pandemic; 2,637 have died as of Jan. 10 – in unison with the rest of the nation at 2:30 p.m. local time. The illumination of the rotunda will commence following brief remarks by Clark County Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick and Commission Vice Chairman Jim Gibson starting at 2:15 p.m. Violinists Wonyoung Na and Dmytro Nehrych, who are called “Sweet Tone,” will perform and candles will be lit as part of the remembrance.
“The number of people who have passed from the pandemic is staggering,” said Commissioner Kirkpatrick, “and it’s important that we honor their memory while remaining steadfast in our efforts to combat the virus and bring the pandemic to an end.”
Commissioner Gibson agreed: “The beams of light ascending toward the skies will be stark reminders of the terrible personal cost of this pandemic and of the need of this community to keep our commitment to social distancing, wearing masks, frequent hand-washing and avoiding large groups.”
13 Action News will livestream the event. It will also be viewable on Clark County's social media pages and on Clark County Television.
CCTV is available in the Las Vegas area on Channel 4/1004 on Cox cable and on CenturyLink on Channels 4 and 1004 as well as in Laughlin on Channel 14 via Suddenlink. CCTV is also available in Boulder City on Channel 4 and in Moapa Valley on Digital Channel 50.3. One may watch CCTV on streaming devices such as Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV via the YouTube app.
The city of Las Vegas will also join communities around the nation Tuesday, Jan. 19, to remember and honor the lives lost to COVID-19.
In response to the Presidential Inauguration Committee’s invitation to illuminate buildings at 5:30 p.m. EST/ 2:30 p.m. PST, Las Vegas City Hall, the gateway arches on Las Vegas Boulevard and festoon lights on Main Street will be lit a light amber color. Buildings and facilities across the nation will be illuminated in the same color.
Residents can participate in the memorial by lighting candles in their windows for the countrywide time of remembrance.