A new memorial dedicated to coronavirus victims in Westchester County has been erected just down the street from a nursing home where some of them died.
Phyllis Greco tied a purple ribbon at the memorial Friday afternoon to honor the death of her aunt, Marie Carbone, who died at the age of 99 from COVID-19 on April 16 — half a mile away at the Andrews On Hudson Nursing Home.
“[She] was a great woman. She loved Pringles barbecue potato chips,” Greco told The Post. “She was a mother of two, grandmother of six and we’re going to miss her very much.”
The nursing home, in Hastings-on-Hudson, has had eight confirmed deaths and nine presumed deaths from COVID-19, according to state data. The county has seen 185 confirmed deaths and 217 presumed deaths at nursing homes.
The memorial, called “Ribbons of Remembrance,” stands in front of the Wightman Mansion at Lenoir Preserve overlooking the scenic Hudson River and the Palisades.
Ribbons and permanent markers will be available at the memorial, and visitors are encouraged to write the name of someone they have lost on the ribbon and tie it to one of two trees or the rope structure.
A woman, who chose to remain anonymous, tied ribbons Friday “for two very special men” who were members of the public service club Kiwanis International.
“Peter Platy was a member of the Mount Vernon club. He was only 50 when he passed. He left a wonderful wife and three sons. He was a man of community service, and he believed in helping others,” said the woman.
The other gentleman, Warren Golding Sr., was about 89 years old, the woman said. He was a member of the Morris Park Kiwanis Club and “also was a man of true community spirit.”
Westchester County Executive George Latimer praised the memorial as a great way to “do something tangible” to remember those lost to the virus.
“We need within our culture certain social points where we can come together. We have all lost people that we know and love through this process,” Latimer said.
“We are here near the eternal Hudson and eternal mountains in sky that were here before we got here and here long after we are gone. It’s a way to remember that these people were once with us, important to us and we’re not going to forget them.”
Visitors are also asked to drop used permanent markers in the designated bin to be properly disinfected by parks staff.
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