Time to Remember, Time to Act
The event took place during the Food Truck Tuesday event that the Nicholas Conservatory holds each week during the summer months. There were vendors that brought resources for substance addiction recovery, mental health services, safe medication disposal and free Narcan training. The highlight was the Memorial that was held at 7:00 p.m.; @BertAndLindy played beautiful instrumental music, Bev Pomering spoke about the 94,000+ people that died in the United States in 2020 and then released 3,513 flower petals into the lagoon to honor each Illinois resident that passed away from a drug overdose in 2020. People who walked along the Sinnissippi Bike Path could see memorial lawn signs that pictured lost loved ones, their names and a tidbit of information about them. The Live R.E.A.L. Foundation created a beautiful memorial that lined the lagoon which included clear bags filled with flower petals. There was a bag for each state of the union and inside were one petal for each person who died from a drug overdose.