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Colorado marks 1-year anniversary of first COVID case with Evening of Remembrance

The state asked for people to light their homes and businesses in magenta to honor the 6,000 Coloradans lost to COVID ahead of a statewide ceremony.

DENVER — Colorado's first COVID-19 case was confirmed on March 5, 2020. It was the state’s first, and just one of more than 435,000 Colorado cases yet to come in the year ahead.

Friday evening, the governor hosted a remembrance ceremony that included an address and moments of prayer.

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For the one-year anniversary of that day, the governor’s office asked that people stop to remember the 6,000 Coloradans who were lost to COVID by participating in the statewide Evening of Remembrance.

Gov. Jared Polis’ office encouraged businesses, organizations and individuals who could to light their homes and buildings in magenta as a sign of love, compassion and kindness. 

Several local governments across Colorado also participated.

Ahead of the evening ceremony, WWII-era aircraft performed a flyover from west to east over the state Capitol.

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