Members of the Westminster Presbyterian Church congregation gathered in front of their church to memorialize those who died from COVID-19 in the past year on Jan. 19, 2021. Congregation members held artificial candles and rang bells as the rush-hour traffic passed through the intersection. Around 15 people participated in the memorial, which was held in-tandem with others around the country. "We just crossed the 400,000 death threshold here in Missouri," said Reverend Mark R. Miller. "So we've invited members to come and be part of this national memorial so we might give a witness to those lives lost."
The participants rang their bells for around ten minutes as cars passed, some honking in support. "We haven't done anything to memorialize the people that have died, and that is just not right," said Toni Kirsch, a 30-year congregation member. "This was a way to let people know we care."