Posted on: Friday 19 March 2021
On Tuesday 23 March 2021, Torfaen Council will join the Welsh Government and public bodies across Wales in support of the charity Marie Curie’s initiative to take part in a ‘National Day of Reflection’ to mark the anniversary of the national covid-19 lockdown.
The flags outside Civic Centre will be lowered to half-mast and council employees will be asked to join the public in a one minute silence at midday to reflect on the millions of people worldwide who have lost their lives due to Covid-19 and to take a moment to show support for those who may still be grieving.
Joining many national monuments and civic buildings, from 6pm on Tuesday, the Civic Centre in Pontypool will be lit yellow and at 8pm the public is asked to ‘Shine a Light’ on their doorsteps as a mark of respect and reflection from the community.
The Leader of Torfaen Council, Cllr Anthony Hunt, said: “The National Day of Reflection is a moment to stop and think about all the people lost to coronavirus over the last year and all those still being affected by this awful virus.
“Despite this dreadful pandemic, this past 12 months has shone a light on the strength in our communities. It has brought people closer together and we’ve supported each other through the grief of losing family and friends. We have all made sacrifices and perhaps it has made us appreciate the little things in life which we often taken for granted.
“As a tribute to every life lost in Torfaen please take a moment to join in silence or shine a light. I sincerely hope our community spirit and concern for each other will be a legacy that lives on.”