March 13th will mark one year since the COVID-19 crisis hit Birmingham and impacted daily life as we knew it. Council President William Parker and Councilor John Hilliard have partnered with Alabama Regional Medical Services (ARMS) for a commemoration ceremony honoring the lives lost and the hardships we’ve endured over the last year.
The ceremony will begin at 7:45 a.m. at the ARMS facility located at 2817 30th Avenue North, Birmingham on Saturday, March 13.
Over the past year, ARMS has helped play a crucial role in the fight against COVID-19 in Birmingham and have been an invaluable part of recovery efforts, President Parker explained.
“This year has been unprecedented for all of us. What’s been the most encouraging part has been seeing the ways in which our community has rallied together to fight this virus,” President Parker said. “We owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to all our healthcare partners, including ARMS, who have helped lead the way over this last year. Through their leadership and guidance, countless lives have been saved in the process.”
Councilor John Hilliard said that while it’s important to commemorate the year of COVID-19 and all those we’ve lost, it’s crucial to finish the work of recovery and continue practicing social distancing.
“If you would’ve told me last year that we’d still be fighting this virus today, I’m not sure how I would’ve reacted,” Hilliard said. “With vaccines being distributed and cases going down, we feel like we’re rounding the corner. However, we must remain diligent and continue to do the right thing to keep ourselves and others safe. Thank you to everyone who did the right thing to protect others over this last year. You are heroes to us all.”