Detroit to honor 1,500 COVID-19 victims on Belle Isle: What to know

Belle Isle will be closed to visitors on Monday for the nation’s first citywide memorial to honor victims of the novel coronavirus. On Detroit Memorial Day – as declared by Mayor Mike Duggan – those who have died from the coronavirus who did not have funerals will be remembered.
Here are the guidelines for Detroit Memorial Day:
What: 14 consecutive funeral processions are set to drive past nearly 900 photos of loved lost to COVID-19. The photos represent a majority of the 1,500 Detroiters lost to the virus between March and Aug. 18.
When: Aug. 31, beginning with the first procession at 8:45 a.m. The procession will last from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Belle Isle; the funeral cars will lead the processions north on Chene and east on Jefferson to Belle Isle and then around the island.
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Who: Belle Isle will be closed to all public car, bike and pedestrian traffic for the day. Family and friends will gather at the staging area on Atwater Street across from the Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre and will be assigned specific arrival times by groups.
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