Boris Johnson has pledged his support for a covid memorial in St Paul’s Cathedral and said the Government will establish a commission on commemorating the pandemic.
The Prime Minister threw his weight behind a campaign for a memorial in the cathedral, telling MPs: “Like many across this Chamber I was deeply moved when I visited the covid memorial wall opposite Parliament and I wholeheartedly support the plan for a memorial in St Paul’s cathedral which will provide a fitting place of reflection in the heart of our capital.”
It comes after a campaign was launched to raise £2.3 million to build a memorial in the central London cathedral to commemorate those who died in the pandemic. It is part of an online memorial project Remember Me and in partnership with the Daily Mail.
Mr Johnson also said the Government will establish a UK commission on Covid commemoration because communities across the whole country want to commemorate the pandemic.
He added: “This national endeavour above party politics will remember the loved ones we have lost, honour the heroism of those who have saved lives and the courage of frontline workers who have kept our country going, celebrate the genius of those who created the vaccines and commemorate the small acts of kindness and the daily sacrifice of millions who stayed at home buying time for our scientists to come to our rescue.”