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Religious group organizes temporary memorial for those who died from COVID-19 in South Dakota

In an effort to symbolize those we have lost in South Dakota due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a group lead by a faith organization has created a temporary memorial at the state’s capital in Pierre. 


Stop the Spread SD, a group sponsored by the South Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, set up 849 empty chairs to symbolize all those who have lost their lives to COVID-19 within South Dakota. 


A woman named Ashley helped put the display on and talk about what the display means to her...





Ashley's husband Joseph addressed the crowed and livestream once the event started...




The group set up the memorial to try and raise further awareness this Thanksgiving holiday and remind South Dakotan’s to social distance, mask up and help try and stop the spread of the virus.