South Florida Honors COVID-19 Victims as Part of National Memorial

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South Florida participated in a national memorial Tuesday to honor the lives lost to COVID-19.

Darisha Scott's cousins were one of the 400,000 people in the U.S. who have died so far from the virus.

"It's a nice gesture," said South Florida woman, whose cousins Bryon and Mychela Francis were just 20 and 22 when they died. "We would prefer our family member be here, but it's a nice gesture. Hopefully it brings some type of comfort to the families."

NBC 6's Alyssa Hyman spoke to a local family who lost loved ones to COVID-19 as the nation takes a moment to remember the victims of the virus.

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava encouraged buildings in the county to light up amber, along with a 5:30 p.m. moment of silence. Landmarks such as the Freedom Tower and the Paramount Worldcenter were illuminated in remembrance.

The Guitar Hotel at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood also lit up to honor the lives lost.

In Tallahassee, the Florida Capitol illuminated amber on Tuesday. Florida's Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried requested the capitol lighting, according to a news release from her office.

State capitols and town halls across the nation are set to illuminate on Tuesday alongside the first-ever lighting display around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Poll in Washington.

More than 24,136 Floridians have died from COVID-19 since the coronavirus began in March.

“It’s my honor to request that Florida’s Capitol be lit in their memory, with hope for brighter days ahead,” Fried said in the news release.

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