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Balboa Park lights turning on to honor Americans who have died from COVID-19

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Posted at 9:25 AM, Jan 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-19 12:25:28-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – The buildings at Balboa Park will light up Tuesday as the City of San Diego remembers those across the U.S. who have died from the coronavirus.

Starting at 2:30 p.m., city officials said amber lights will be turned on at the California Tower, San Diego Museum of Art, and the Spreckels Organ Pavilion.

The Museum of Us, House of Hospitality, Mingei International Museum, Casa de Balboa, and other locations at Balboa Park will showcase red, white, and blue lights.

City officials said the San Diego Convention Center will also feature amber lighting.

The lighting in San Diego will coincide with a 5:30 p.m. Eastern time lighting at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C. The lighting ceremony honoring the nearly 400,000 American COVID-19 victims will be attended by President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

City officials said, “Cities and towns throughout the country have been invited to join by illuminating buildings and ringing church bells in a national moment of unity and remembrance.“

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria said, “More than 2,000 San Diego County residents have lost their lives to the coronavirus. It’s important the City of San Diego stands with President-elect Biden and communities throughout the United States in this somber occasion and memorialize their deaths. This will serve as a declaration that we must continue to take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 and not allow more preventable deaths."