A memorial of 34 crosses representing the Laclede County lives lost to COVID-19 now sits in front of the United Methodist Church in Lebanon.
Dr. Jack Hopkins, a pediatrician at Mercy Hospital Lebanon and a member of the church, initiated the project. The memorial at the church, which is located at 300 N. Madison Ave., consists of 34 white wooden crosses and a sign that reads “In memory of the lives lost to COVID-19 in Laclede County.” The idea behind the project was to raise awareness about the grief people are experiencing in the community over lost loved ones. Each cross represents a COVID-19 death in Laclede County, according to Hopkins.
“I feel the crosses are a focal point for grieving,” he said.
For more on this story see Wednesday's LCR.