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Bells toll at Utah Capitol in remembrance of COVID-19 victims


Utah Capitol cupola on January 19, 2021
(KCPW News) The bells of the Utah State Capitol rang out on Tuesday afternoon to honor victims of the coronavirus pandemic.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox ordered the bells in the Capitol cupola to ring 15 times to honor the more than 1,500 Utahns who have died of COVID-19 since March 2020.

“We will never forget the heavy toll this deadly virus has taken in this state, and we pray for comfort and peace to the families and friends left behind,” Cox said.

Utah joins cities and towns across the country in lighting buildings in amber, lighting candles or ringing bells as part of a national COVID-19 memorial initiated by the inaugural committee of President-elect Joe Biden.

In Washington DC, the solemn event featured a candle-lighting at the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

Hear an audio recording of the bells tolling at the Utah State Capitol.

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