Gov. Polis, Colorado Communities Come Together in Day of Remembrance for Coloradans Lost to COVID-19

Thursday, May 14, 2020

DENVER - Gov. Jared Polis, individuals, and communities across Colorado are coming together this Friday evening at 7 PM MT to honor and remember the more than 1,000 Coloradans that  we have lost to COVID-19. Friday, May 15 is also Peace Officers Memorial Day, which the state will commemorate by lowering flags to half staff and we  encourage Coloradans across our state to commemorate as well.

“This global pandemic has cost 300,000 lives across the world and over 1,000 in Colorado alone. Too many Coloradans have lost family members and friends to this deadly virus, and we honor and celebrate their lives especially because many victims couldn’t have proper in-person funerals, remembrances, and wakes,” said Governor Jared Polis. “This is a challenging moment for many of our friends and neighbors and to those Coloradans who are struggling: you are not alone and we are all in this together. We still have work to do to stop the spread of this virus and can defeat this virus by staying home as much as possible, wearing facial masks when in public, and washing our hands regularly. Together we can avoid burying and remembering more Coloradans far too early.”

Coloradans can participate by wearing a protective face covering or masks for a minute of silence to display their effort to do their part to save lives at 7:00 p.m. They can also post on social media to raise awareness about the remembrance event. 

To recognize the Day of Remembrance, the State Capitol, along with cities, counties and other organizations, will be turning their lights red at 7:00 p.m. to honor those who have passed. The state is encouraging buildings and businesses across the state to turn their lights red at 7:00 p.m. and for police and fire departments to turn their lights on at 7:00 p.m. for one minute. Additionally, cities may consider creating a Proclamation to commemorate this event.

At the time of this release, the following cities, counties have confirmed that they will participate:

City and County of Broomfield

City of Lone Tree

Town of Kersey

City and County of Denver

City of Louisville

Town of Lyons

City of Alamosa

City of Loveland

Town of Mancos

City of Arvada

City of Manitou Springs

Town of Monument

City of Aurora

City of Northglenn

Town of Morrison

City of Boulder

City of Pueblo

Town of Mountain Village

City of Burlington

City of Sheridan

Town of Mt. Crested Butte

City of Castle Pines

City of Thornton

Town of Nederland

City of Centennial

City of Victor

Town of Oak Creek

City of Colorado Springs

City of Westminster

Town of Pagosa Springs

City of Commerce City

City of Wheat Ridge

Town of Palisade

City of Craig

City of Woodland Park

Town of Paonia

City of Dacono

City of Yuma

Town of Parachute

City of Durango

Commerce City

Town of Parker

City of Edgewater

Town of Avon

Town of Rangely

City of Englewood

Town of Bennett

Town of Red Cliff

City of Federal Heights

Town of Blue River

Town of Severance

City of Fort Collins

Town of Breckenridge

Town of Silverthorne

City of Fort Morgan

Town of Carbondale

Town of Silverton

City of Fountain

Town of Crested Butte

Town of Telluride

City of Fruita

Town of Dillon

Town of Vail

City of Glendale

Town of Dolores

Adams County

City of Glenwood Springs

Town of Elizabeth

Boulder County

City of Grand Junction

Town of Estes Park

Douglas County

City of Greeley

Town of Frederick

Elbert County

City of Greenwood Village

Town of Frisco

Lake County

City of Gunnison

Town of Garden City

Las Animas County

City of La Junta

Town of Granby

Park County

City of Lafayette

Town of Grand Lake

Pueblo County

City of Lakewood

Town of Green Mountain Falls

Summit County

City of Lamar

Town of Gypsum


City of Littleton

Town of Keenesburg


The following sports organizations have confirmed that they will participate: 

Kroenke Sports & Entertainment

at the Pepsi Center

Empower Field 

at Mile High

Colorado Rockies 

at Coors Field