Last October New Yorkers came together to mourn those we had lost. The creative action consisted of artists and activists walking through Jackson Heights, Queens — the epicenter of the pandemic in New York City.

In the Fall of 2020 when more than 300,000 people had died of COVID-19 in the United States. Deaths were rising every day, and it felt like there was no end in sight to the pandemic. Despite the enormous number of casualties, there hadn’t been an official national mourning, or any public moments of silence to honor the dead. We had not been able to collective grieve. Each family was left to navigate their own tragedies.

We wanted to change that.