DENVER – This Friday, March 5th marks one year since the state announced the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Colorado. During the past year, the state has tragically lost nearly 6,000 Coloradans to this deadly virus.

In an effort to honor those who we have lost over the last 12 months, Governor Jared Polis invites all Coloradans, counties, cities, businesses, and organizations to participate in a virtual statewide Evening of Remembrance.

Colorado Springs, Photo credit: Sarah Hempelmann

“It’s the loss of life as we knew it, of the certainty we once took for granted, and of who we were before this pandemic began. Each of us has lived a different experience over this last year, but we all have reason to mourn. With all change comes loss, with all loss comes grief. But out of our pain, we’ve summoned strength and resilience that lives deep in our DNA as Coloradans. Time and time again we have proven that no matter how often we are knocked down, we will keep getting up. We do not quit because we are Coloradans,” Governor Polis said to Coloradans this evening.

Pastor Josh Kingry of Red Rocks Church offered the opening prayer. Red Rocks Church is the second largest church in the state and has been an example of adapting to protect the health and safety of Coloradans while still providing services.

Governor Polis then addressed the state of Colorado regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Governor Polis’s address as prepared for delivery can be found here.

Mary Louise Lee then performed a rendition of ‘Amazing Grace’ accompanied by the Colorado Symphony. 

Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera and First Gentleman Marlon Reis, members of the Colorado National Guard were in attendance. The  Colorado National Guard has played a key role in helping save lives throughout this pandemic by helping with testing many senior facilities and helping with the logistics and distribution of the vaccines across our state.

This is what the Polis administration needs your help with:

If you have building lights, turn them magenta at 6:00 p.m. Magenta represents universal love: compassion and kindness.

If communities are able to and feel it’s safe, that police and fire departments turn their lights on at 6:00 p.m. for one minute.

A virtual remembrance ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. and Governor Polis will then address the state of Colorado regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor’s address will be broadcasted through television, digital platforms, and on the Governor’s Facebook page

Polis’s administration is encouraging Coloradans to participate virtually and watch on television and digital platforms. 

WWII-era aircraft will perform a flyover from west to east over the state capitol at 4:30 p.m. MT. 

Cities, counties, organizations, businesses participating (will be updated on a rolling basis) include: 

  • Ridgeway 
  • Windsor 
  • Golden
  • Northglenn 
  • Aurora
  • Bennett
  • Superior
  • Pueblo
  • Centennial
  • Snowmass Village
  • Blue River
  • Fruita
  • Glenwood Springs
  • Colorado Springs
  • Arapahoe County
  • El Paso County
  • Denver
  • Durango
  • Boulder
  • Fort Collins
  • Ophir
  • Brighton
  • Commerce City
  • Arvada
  • Nederland
  • Denver Broncos – Empower Field at Mile High 
  • Colorado Rockies – Coors Field
  • Colorado State Capitol