By now, many of us have become numb to the daily numbers: the new cases of COVID-19, those in hospitals, and, sadly, those who have died. But it is important to remember, said Neil Harriman, general manager of Stanley Chevrolet Buick, that each of those numbers represents a person and their family.

"We wanted to have somewhere people could go and remember," he said in explaining the dealership's participation in The Floral Heart Project, a national effort to create memorials to people who have died of COVID-19 in public places. He explained that Samantha Politte, wife of Stanley co-owner Mark Politte, had some friends who had the illness, and while they did not die, she wanted to do something to remember those who have, and to support their loved ones.

When she found the Floral Heart Project, which was started by artist Kristina Libby, a native of Damariscotta, that seemed to fill the bill. Holmes Florist & Greenhouse in Belfast will donate a wreath of roses, to be placed at the entrance to the footbridge at 1 p.m. Monday, March 1, in conjunction with the National Day of Mourning effort. Stanley will contribute 19 LED tea lights to be placed around the wreath, symbolizing the 19 people lost to COVID-19 in Waldo County to date.

The wreath will remain in place until March 3; all are invited to visit the wreath at any time in a socially distanced manner to pay respects, read a poem, remember a loved one, or sing a song.