Detroit is set to honor the victims of the global pandemic and salute healthcare workers, first responders, other frontline workers and volunteers working around the city in a two-day memorial event. 

The two-day celebration will begin Aug. 30 at 5 p.m. with seven simultaneous memorials co-sponsored and co-planned by City Council members in their districts.

The memorial event will continue Aug. 31 with the Memorial Drive around Belle Isle, with photographs of COVID-19 victims spread out over the island.

Mayor Mike Duggan declared Aug. 31 as Detroit Memorial Day to honor the over 1,400 Detroiters who have passed away from COVID-19.  Detroit residents so far make up roughly 25% of Michigan’s 6,000 COVID-19 deaths

Details will be released next week on how families can provide pictures of loved ones and information on how individuals can volunteer for the memorial event, according to the city’s director of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship Rochelle Riley.

“This is a very special thing for those of us who have lost people,” Riley said Wednesday. “We want to make sure we take a chance to take one last look at them.”