Lackawanna Heritage Valley
will honor the more than 400 Lackawanna County residents who have lost their lives over the past year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, through a self-guided, luminary-lit walk along the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail
in Scranton. The event will take place on Tuesday evening, March 23rd, to mark the one year anniversary of the first life lost to the ongoing pandemic in Lackawanna County.
From 7 p.m. through 9 p.m., the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail will be lit by candlelight from the 7th Avenue Trailhead through to the Broadway Trailhead, a half-mile section of the popular trail in Scranton. This event is free to attend and is meant to be experienced as a self-guided walk at one’s own leisure. One luminary will be placed along the trail in honor of every life lost since March 23, 2020.
Lackawanna Heritage Valley partnered with NEPA Strong
to bring the luminary memorial walk to fruition. NEPA Strong is a popular advocacy and action group formed on Facebook to bring the region together and support local small businesses. The group recently marked its one year anniversary with more than 10,200 members and plans to continue in their mission of supporting community and small businesses even after the pandemic subsides.
The luminary memorial walk is self-guided and contactless and those that wish to attend may do so at their own pace. The luminary bags will feature battery operated candles to ensure safety and will be collected at the end of the event. Lackawanna Heritage Valley asks that those in attendance wear masks, remain socially-distanced and follow all health and safety guidelines. In the event of inclement weather, Lackawanna Heritage Valley will post rain date information through their social media channels.
Per Pennsylvania Department of Health order, everyone (2 years and older) must wear a face covering (to cover the nose and mouth) when unable to maintain physical distance of 6 feet. Consult the Commonwealth’s FAQs
prior to an event.