On Workers Memorial Day, NYSNA Honors Fallen Nurses

Tuesday, April 28, is Workers Memorial Day, a day the labor movement remembers workers killed or injured on the job.

This year it’s a particularly painful anniversary, since COVID-19 continues to claim the lives of NYSNA members and many other frontline healthcare workers.

In honor of all our colleagues taken by COVID-19, NYSNA is organizing an online memorial service:

We hope you can participate in this tribute to our fallen colleagues, particularly if you’re able to share a memory or say a few words about those we have lost.

NYSNA members, and other essential workers who have fallen in the line of duty, will also be honored at a Memorial Service hosted by the New York City Central Labor Council, Tuesday at 12:00 Noon.

Of course, NYSNA will continue to honor all the members and fellow nurses we have lost to COVID-19 on our Memorial Page. If you’re not able to attend our memorial, but have pictures or remembrances you’d like to share, please send them to covidmemorial@nysna.org.

And while nothing can replace the lives of those we’ve lost, the NYSNA’s Board of Directors has established a Fund for Fallen Nurses to assist the families of our colleagues taken by COVID-19. It will provide $1,000 to help family members during this difficult time. If you knew any of our fallen colleagues, or can help connect us with surviving family members, please contact your NYSNA Representative.

As we mourn those we’ve lost this week, we also continue our fight for stronger health and safety protections. COVID-19 has demonstrated just how essential these protections are for every nurse, and every healthcare worker in New York.

We must never allow this to happen again.