Usually, on Memorial Day we honor those men and women who have given their lives for the rest of us on the field of battle, in the classic understanding of that phrase.
But on this Memorial Day of 2020, WitnessLA also honors the brave doctors, nurses, and the other health workers who have died from their exposure to COVID-19, or its after-effects, while working to save the lives of others.
Their courage humbles us all.
Below you’ll find a sample of the photos gathered in “Lost on the Frontline,” a collaboration between The Guardian and Kaiser Health News that aims to document the lives of U.S. health care workers who have died of COVID-19, and to deconstruct why so many have fallen and continue to fall victim to this deadly virus.
And here’s a gorgeous song from Alicia Keys recently dedicated to all those healthcare workers and so many others, such law enforcement, social workers, and more, who are also on the front lines, all of whom have made such a critical difference to the rest of us during this strange and challenging time.
You are our heroes.
Stay safe, everybody.