On September 22nd last year I posted the centre part of this image on the day that 200,000 American lives were reported to have been so tragically lost to the ravages of COVID-19. Today, one year since the beginning of the pandemic we learn that the number has now reached 511,133. In Brazil it is 246,560; in India 156,418; in the UK 120,580; here in Canada 21,715; and worldwide the number is 2.47 million.
Each one of those lives lost, both young and old, leaves families and friends in mourning; today we mourn with them too. We also think about all of our healthcare and frontline heroes who cared for them all, often the last ones to be by their sides as they took their last breaths. Today is a day once again to say thank you to each and every one of them, for they too are also always in our thoughts.
In a memorial ceremony tonight at the White House President Biden spoke so movingly to the nation, but his words I felt were also to a grieving world:
“While we have been fighting this pandemic for so long we have to resist becoming numb to the sorrow. We have to resist viewing each life as a statistic or blur. We must do so to honor the dead but equally important to care for the living, those loved ones left behind.”
How fortunate we are to have President Biden in the White House at this moment in history.
A salute to the hero firefighters on the frontline.
The letters for this quote from Virgil displayed in the Memorial Hall of the September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York were forged from remnant World Trade Center steel by blacksmith Tom Joyce.
Seeing the crushed remains of Ladder 3 on our moving visit to the museum in 2015 the sacrifice and bravery of those 343 firefighters of the New York City Fire Department who were lost that day together with an additional 68 emergency workers and the 2566 innocent lives they were trying to save has been a lasting memory.
On this 19th anniversary of that terrible day as we remember them all together with those lost at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, we now have too many other lives to remember and mourn, and for whom those words of Virgil could also have been written.
Six months ago today on March 11th The Director General of the WHO declared that, “COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.” On that day there were more than 118,000 cases in 114 countries, and 4,291 people who had lost their lives. Today, September 11th 2020, there are 28,412,026 reported cases and 915,088 deaths worldwide.
The First Responder Heroes of 9/11 and those heroes on United Flight 93, together with the Frontline Heroes and Healthcare Workers of today who have also lost and continue to lose their lives saving their fellow citizens are all in our thoughts on this solemn day.
Last night’s sunset in Vancouver was a winner.
Happy Labor Day, especially to our Frontline Heroes
An end of summer bouquet from the garden for the first of the month,
with gratitude as always to our frontline heroes.
On this Canada Day we remember Abbigail Cowbrough and her five co-members of the Canadian Armed Forces who went down with their helicopter off the coast of Greece in April.
We also remember Emily Tuck
murdered with so many others on that fateful day in Nova Scotia.
And of course we remember all those whose lives have been taken from us by Covid19 since the beginning of the pandemic.
But as we mourn them all this Canada Day we also say thank you, as we do every day, to all of our frontline heroes who have been there for us since the beginning. It is a Happy Canada Day for so many thanks to each and every one of them.
As National Nurses Week begins a chance to say thank you to a lifetime of nursing colleagues and dear friends. They are all amazing and those on the frontline everyday are true modern day superheroes.
Drawing in the studio today allowed me to spend a few hours in quiet reflection on this National Day Of Mourning, a day that perhaps has never been more meaningful, as we remember and honor those who have lost their lives or been injured from their time in the workplace.
I would particularly like to honor the memory of Dr. Lorna Breen, a New York City emergency room doctor, a true hero, and send heartfelt condolences to her family, colleagues and friends.
The drawing was inspired by a photograph taken by Marco Bertorello in the Covid-19 ward of Maria Pia Hospital in Turin.
Commemorating in the studio today all the members of the Canadian Corps who were killed or injured during the Battle of Vimy Ridge in Northern France from April 9th to 12th, 1917 but also thinking about all those heroes giving their lives in the battle taking place on our frontlines today.🇨🇦