Watford supports Marie Curie’s National Day of Reflection

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Representatives from Watford Borough Council and the Interfaith Association came together today (1 March) to honour the Marie Curie National Day of Reflection (3 March)...

This is a a poignant day dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a heartfelt ceremony held at Cassiobury Park, participants gathered around the 'Ring of Reflection,’ which includes 18 cherry trees and memorial plaque both added in 2022. They serve as symbols of remembrance and renewal, and to commemorate Watford's experience with the virus.

The cherry trees, which are also known to represent new beginning and revival, as well as life being beautiful but fleeting, provided a serene backdrop for the remembrance event, which included a moment of silence and a moving poem to honour the memories of those who have passed.

Yellow ribbons were also added to the trees by the dignitaries in attendance, including the Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor. This is because the colour is associated with hope and echoes the signature colour of Marie Curie.

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Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said: “It’s important we continue to remember those who sadly lost their life to the virus, the tremendous commitment and sacrifice of our frontline workers and the inspiring way people across Watford united to support each other through adversity.

“The cherry trees serve as symbols of hope and renewal, reminding us that even in the darkest of times, there is light and the promise of new beginnings. It is fitting that Cassiobury Park is home to this ‘Ring of Reflection’, as throughout the darkest days of the pandemic our parks were a beacon of hope for our community.

“I know this space is a special spot for people to stop and reflect, whether on the pandemic or for other important times in their lives. It’s where people can come together to honour the memories of those we have lost and to offer support to those who continue to grieve.”

Councillor Jennifer Pattinson, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Wellbeing, said: “Marie Curie’s National Day of Reflection allows us to remember not only those lost during the pandemic but also the strength and solidarity that carried us through. The cherry trees will continue to stand as a living tribute to our collective ability to endure, to support one another, and to find hope amidst adversity.”

The Marie Curie Support Line can help if you, or someone you care about is grieving. Call 0800 090 2309 to speak to a trained Support Line Officer or visit Mariecurie.org.uk/support to get ongoing support from a bereavement volunteer. 

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Published: 1st March 2024

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