Mayor Francis ‘Mac’ Womack, Township Council President Carlo Socio, Schools Superintendent Dr. Brian Zychowski and Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Mark Cafferty gathered at Community Park on Tuesday, March 2 to reflect on the lives of the 78 North Brunswick residents lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
78 flags were placed at the Community Park sign near Route 130 South. A wreath, candle and flags were also laid at the sign during the remembrance.
“We invite you and your family to drive by and come by the entrance of Community Park. Take a minute and pause and grieve and remember those who have been lost,” said Mayor Womack. He said that residents are invited to drop off flowers or a personal item at the base of the Community Park memorial.
Womack added that there will be a permanent memorial and ceremony to honor Township residents lost to COVID-19.
Council President Socio said, “What these flags represent are our neighbors, volunteers, parents, siblings. Each flag has its own special memory of what that resident gave to their family, to their friends and to the community.”
Dr. Zychowski said, “The flags are a sober reminder that we must stay and remain vigilant and we also must honor those who have passed.”
During the Township’s daily video briefings, Mr. Cafferty reads the number of daily COVID-19 cases and the number of deaths in New Jersey, Middlesex County and North Brunswick.
“Every day that I have to read another death it is a difficult day,” he said. “We are losing a family member, a friend, a neighbor. It is difficult to imagine that we have lost 78 people to this pandemic.”