A memorial set up to remember the Cape Codders who lost their lives to COVID-19 will be getting a new home.
Denise Harris planned the COVID-19 Flag Memorial after her father, Dennis Brandao, died from the virus in January. The memorial consists of a flag placed at the Airport Rotary in Hyannis for every Cape Cod virus victim.
Friends and family of those who have died have been given the opportunity to let Ms. Harris know who they were and when they died so that those details can be put on the flags.
On Sunday, June 6, at 10 AM, the flags will be moved to a new home —a small park at 725 Main Street in Hyannis.
“There was such an overwhelming and moving response and outreach for the flags to stay that I have been asked to have them moved to another location when they are moved from the rotary,” she said.
Family members of those who have died have been invited to place the flags at the new site. Ms. Harris said that many families have replied that they will be there for the event.
The event will include light refreshments and a moment of silence for the victims.
This new location will allow families and tourists alike to walk around the flags and view them up close, which is not easy to do at the rotary.
Ms. Harris had set up a GoFundMe to raise money for the memorial, but said that so many people have donated that she has been able to do something special with the extra funds.
“I was able to set up a COVID Memorial Scholarship to every high school across the Cape to any high school senior who had an immediate family member affected by it,” she said.
The winning recipients will be invited to Sunday’s event to collect their awards and checks.
Any money from the fundraiser that remains after the scholarships are handed out will go toward a catered lunch for employees on the COVID wings of the Cape Cod and Falmouth hospitals. Ms. Harris said that she wanted every cent raised to go to something COVID-related.