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Coronavirus Victims To Be Memorialized During Moment Of Silence, Darkness Tuesday

Starting 6 p.m. Tuesday, Chicagoans are asked to turn off their lights and electronics, step outside and light a candle for the pandemic's victims.

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CHICAGO — The city is asking Chicagoans to turn off their lights and participate in a moment of silence for coronavirus victims Tuesday.

The tribute is part of the National COVID-19 Memorial Service to remember the more than 398,000 people who have died from COVID-19 in the United States. Starting 6 p.m. Tuesday, Chicagoans are asked to turn off their lights and electronics, step outside and light a candle for the victims, according to a Mayor’s Office news release.

Everyone will turn their lights back on at 6:10 p.m. “to symbolize moving from darkness to light,” according to the Mayor’s Office.

Navy Pier and Downtown buildings are among those who have vowed to turn off their lights for the memorial.

Business owners and residents can post to social media with the hashtag #brightertogether to show how they’re participating in the memorial.

There have been at least 4,436 deaths from COVID-19 in Chicago and more than 18,000 statewide. Worldwide, the virus has killed more than 2 million people.