Flags fly at half-mast: StädteRegion commemorates the corona dead
Updated: Mar 17
On this day exactly one year ago, 16 March 2020, the first two people in StädteRegion Aachen died of complications from the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). One man from Aachen and another man from Würselen. In the meantime (as of 16 March 2021), a total of 481 people who had previously tested positive for the coronavirus have died. Across Germany, there have been more than 73,000 deaths.
Together with the Bürgermeisterinnen and den Bürgermeistern, Aachen Oberbürgermeisterin Sibylle Keupen and Städteregionsrat Dr. Tim Grüttemeier commemorated the dead and their relatives at a conference yesterday.
"Almost 500 dead is a harrowing number, behind which are some 500 individual fates. 500 people who struggled with their life and lost this struggle in the end. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all the relatives who hoped and feared, and who are now surrounded by pain, grief and bewilderment, especially as many people were taken from life completely unexpectedly,"
stated the conference’s participants unanimously.
In honour of the dead and their relatives, flags are flying at half-mast today in front of the town halls and also in front of the Haus der StädteRegion Aachen. These symbols of mourning are intended to remind us how important it is, especially now, for the strong to show consideration for the weak and to act in solidarity.
Photo: Spring blossoms in Aachen © Junghyun Shin 2019