Lansing vigil commemorates those lost to COVID-19

LANSING, Michigan (WILX) – The Capitol held a candlelight vigil on Friday to remember those who lost their lives to COVID-19. Despite the cold temperatures, it was so important for a family, the little ones, to participate.

“She is a little over two years old,” said Peter Klein of his daughter. “So she has never lived in a world without COVID-19.” Much like those born after September 11, Peter says that this generation will never know what it was like before the pandemic.

“She’s never seen what many of us older people have seen and then the drastic shutdown and recovery that was going through now,” he said.

Rhiannon Klein said, “My best friend from high school, both her mother and father were in the hospital last week.”

Peter says his daughter was unable to visit his grandmother for about six months because of COVID-19.

“My mom actually had COVID-19 around this time last year, so we haven’t seen her for about six months,” Peter said.

The Kleins show their two-year-old Charlie the importance of thinking about those who may be going through tough times.

“So that she knows that things like this are important, we took her to various awareness-raising activities,” said Peter. “It means a lot to me.”

The Kleins say they want people to remember that COVID-19 is still there and hope they will do whatever is necessary to stop the spread.

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