As you know we've been going through the COVID-19 pandemic for a year now. The one year anniversary of the day that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the illness we started out calling the novel coronavirus had become a pandemic was March 11, 2020. We never could have guessed that just one year later over half a million people were going to die and wearing a mask would become a political hot button.

Locally we've lost over 2,000 people to the COVID-19 pandemic and those people are going to be honored by the City of El Paso. The first COVID-19 death in El Paso happened on Thursday, April 9, 2020. A man in his 80s was the first to succumb to the disease. Now, almost a year later, 2,234 El Pasoans have died due to the pandemic.

Bob Elam

City officials would like the community to light up the night of Saturday, March 13 with candles, twinkle lights, or luminarias on front porches and front yards at sunset. Around 6 p.m., light up your front yard to remember and memorialize those who have been lost to this deadly virus.

You can share your photos and videos on the City of El Paso’s social media platforms with the hashtag #UniteWithLightEP. Go on to their Facebook page by clicking here, post on their Twitter page by clicking here, and post your photos on their Instagram page by clicking here. Let's light up the night to show the families of those who were lost to COVID-19 that they are not forgotten and that they are still a part of the city of El Paso.