Listen: Reading the names of Iowa's COVID-19 victims
Iowa reached a grim milestone this past week: more than 2,000 of our friends and neighbors have died due to the coronavirus pandemic's continued seep across our state.
Behind that tragic figure are mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, volunteers and world travelers, gardeners and pie-bakers.
They all left a mark on their families and their communities. They all loved and were loved.
And all they deserve to be remembered as more than a number.
Since October, the Iowa Mourns series has memorialized the lost in words and photos.
Iowa Mourns partnered with the West Des Moines United Methodist Church — which has been honoring the lost every week by ringing their bell — to read the names of more than 300 victims of coronavirus aloud on Sunday.
Iowa Mourns is a series of remembrances about Iowans who lost their lives to COVID-19 during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. If you've lost a loved one to COVID-19 in Iowa, let us know by filling out this form or emailing Iowa Columnist Courtney Crowder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courtney Crowder, the Register's Iowa Columnist, traverses the state's 99 counties telling Iowans' stories. She's a parallel parking master acquainting herself with gravel roads. Reach her at email@example.com or 515-284-8360. Follow her on Twitter @courtneycare.