U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier will be on hand for the opening of a weeklong exhibit that pays tribute to San Mateo County residents who have died from COVID-19. The opening is scheduled for noon on Sunday, Nov. 7, at Leo Ryan Park, 650 Shell Blvd., in Foster City.

To date, 623 San Mateo County residents have died as a result of COVID-19 infection, according to county health officials. There have been 52,788 cases as of Oct. 28.

The exhibit is inspired by an installation of more than 690,000 white flags that artist Suzanne Firstenberg placed on 20 acres on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in September.

“Visiting the exhibit in D.C. was deeply moving and I want to bring that impact home to my district,” Rep. Speier said in a prepared release. “Suzanne Firstenberg succeeded in illustrating the enormity of the pandemic tragedy. I believe that displaying the white flags in every county in America could help us heal and come together. It is also a way to remember the lives of people who we have lost locally.”

Speier will be joined in remarks by Foster City Mayor Sanjay Gehani, Dr. Grace Firtch of Kaiser Permanente, and Pastor Paul Bains of WeHOPE. Singer Liz Buljan and bagpiper Fred Payne will provide music for the event.

— from staff reports

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