The Presbyterian Church in Dover remembers the victims of the coronavirus pandemic with a memorial.

If you walk past the church on S. State Street, you will see colorful tubes stacked on the church lawn.

Acting church pastor Reverend Duke Dixon said each tube represents a person in Delaware who lost their life to coronavirus.

“It was actually my wife who came up with the idea,” Dixon said. “And we were able to get all of these different tubes that we could put together in a way that would honor the victims of COVID. It’s a gift we want to give to our community.

Dixon says the tubes are made of hard cardboard and were donated by a commercial rope manufacturing company in Chester Township, Pennsylvania.

“We have placed a light in each of these tubes so that the light shines on the back of the tube representing the life that has been lost and also in remembrance of these people, for we hope that their light continues to shine in our lives and in our memories. “

The memorial will remain in place until the end of July and Dixon encourages people to stop to pray or sit in silence for a moment of reflection.

According to the Division of Public Health, 1,677 people have died in Delaware from COVID since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Dixon says the lights are on every night from 7 p.m. to midnight and until the end of July. Again, he encourages people to stop to pray or think silently.

The Church also provides post-it notes for people to write down the names of loved ones lost and place inside a tube to remember that person.

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