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Video tribute honors 136 transit employees lost to COVID-19

January 25, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle Staff

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is honoring its 136 employees who have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic began with a digital memorial at 107 subway stations, the authority announced Monday.

The tribute features photos of the fallen transit workers accompanied by a poem titled “Travels Far” by former U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith. The poem was commissioned by the MTA and will appear in multiple languages at the designated stations.

The video tribute will play three times a day through Feb. 7, transit officials said. An online version is accompanied by an original score by composer Christopher Thompson.

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“COVID-19 has been a devastating scourge on our entire country and, tragically, that includes the MTA’s workforce,” said MTA Chair and CEO Patrick Foye, who recovered from his own bout with the virus last spring.

“We quickly made sure that those families who lost an MTA worker to COVID were taken care of financially, but the launch of today’s memorial is aimed at personalizing the legacies of those who died during the pandemic,” he added.

 


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