ELLSWORTH — Members of the Floral Heart Project laid out two wreaths at Knowlton Park Monday to commemorate those who died of COVID -19 related illnesses in Hancock County.
There were 34 candles around one of the wreaths that symbolized the number of lives lost because of the virus.
“If we do not mourn, we will carry the grief in our hearts and that will hurt us,” said Loretta Libby-Nichols, a volunteer for the Floral Heart Project.
“Recognizing those who have left us, healing ourselves, and caring for our community will instead create a richer, happier and healthier world,” said
The wreaths were donated by the Bud Connection, and with help from members of Stanley Subaru, Libby-Nichols set up a space for people to view the demonstration.
“It means a lot for the community for us to recognize the members of the community who have been lost, and for people to leave their name to be recognized for the ones who were lost and for us to come together,” Libby-Nichols said.
The wreaths will be on display at the park until March 3.
“Thirty-four people have lost their lives. The mourning and the loss grow exponentially through the families and the friends and the community members and the neighbors that all of those people impact,” said Mark Politte, the dealer principal at Stanley Subaru.
“I think it’s great that we’re here today to give a space for those healing and to remember those people,” he said.
There are eight wreath locations across the state in total. To view them, go to the Floral Heart Project’s website.