Tribute


Oakland Together COVID-19 Tribute

We have all seen the impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic. A year ago our lives started changing and life as we knew it was fundamentally altered from how it used to be. As the county looks back at the last year of living with the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to recognize and pay tribute to the sacrifice and resilience of Oakland County residents and honor the collective pain and loss that has touched our lives since March 10, 2020, the day that the first coronavirus case in Oakland County was reported.

  • Virtual Discussion and COVID-19 Update: County Executive Dave Coulter and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist participated in a virtual discussion held on March 9, Held one year after COVID-19 first appeared in Michigan, about COVID-19 and the inequities people of color faced when confronting the virus.
  • Top County Officials Remember One Year of Living with COVID-19: County Executive Dave Coulter sat down with Deputy County Executive Rudy Hobbs, Health and Human Services Director Leigh-Anne Stafford and Brandy Boyd, Oakland County Parks and Recreation Chief of Recreation Programs & Services, who lost both her parents to COVID-19; to reflect on the pandemic and discuss the tragedies, the suffering and the heroism many people experienced since March 10, 2020. The discussion premiered as a video on the Executive Office's Facebook Page the morning of March 10, 2021.
  • Remembrance and Gratitude Story Maps: Take a virtual tour and read a collection of stories with messages of remembrance and support from members of our community with our tribute maps. If you know someone who you want to thank, praise, remember or pay tribute to, we encourage you to share your story of Remembrance and Gratitude below.
  • #OaklandTogether COVID-19 Tribute Walk: The tribute was a half-mile immersive light display that paid homage to those we've lost to the COVID-19 pandemic, gave thanks to the people who have continued to risk their lives in the face of the coronavirus to keep us healthy and safe, and expressed gratitude for all of those who have helped us through the last year.

 Remembrance Map

A death is always difficult, and it is likely that the COVID-19 pandemic has made the death, as well as the grieving process, especially challenging. Honor someone you lost by adding a story or memory of them to the Oakland Together Remembrance Tribute Map. This collection of stories will pay tribute to these individuals and will share how they inspired others and contributed to our community.

See the Map

 Gratitude Map

From small acts of kindness for our frontline workers to supporting local businesses and organizations, our community has embodied the spirit of Oakland Together during the COVID-19 pandemic. Add your story of what you have been grateful for over this past year on the Oakland Together Gratitude Tribute Map.

See the Map

Virtual Discussion: COVID-19 Update & Equity Discussion

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 4:00pm
Broadcast live the County Executive Facebook page

County Executive David Coulter provided a COVID-19 Vaccine Update and hosted a virtual discussion about equity with Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilcrest.

Held one year after COVID-19 first appeared in Michigan, this session provided an update on vaccine distribution in the state and county and started a conversation on how the lessons learned from the last year can help us strengthen our approach to equity and social justice beyond the pandemic.

The discussion occurred over a Zoom meeting. Coulter and Gilchrist were joined by community leaders from non-profits, faith-based groups and cultural organizations in Oakland County and it was broadcast live on Facebook.

 

Top County Officials Remember One Year of Living with COVID-19

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 11:00am
Premiered on the County Executive Facebook page

County Executive Dave Coulter, Deputy County Executive Rudy Hobbs, Health and Human Services Director Leigh-Anne Stafford and Brandy Boyd, Oakland County Parks and Recreation Chief of Recreation Programs & Services, who lost both her parents to COVID-19; sit down and reflect on the pandemic. They discuss the tragedies, the suffering and the heroism many people experienced since March 10, 2020. The discussion was premiered on Facebook here.
 


Oakland Together COVID-19 Tribute Walk

The COVID-19 Tribute Walk that happened from March 10th – 21st was an immersive light display at Waterford Oaks County Park that paid homage to those we've lost to the COVID-19 pandemic, gave thanks to the people who have continued to risk their lives in the face of the coronavirus to keep us healthy and safe, and expressed gratitude for all of those who have helped us through the last year.

The Tribute Walk provided a memorable experience to mark one year after the first case of coronavirus was reported in Oakland County. The illuminated, paved path followed a half-mile journey through sections focused on remembering those we've lost and giving us a glimpse of what we have to be thankful for as we move forward together past the pandemic.


 Remembrance

The Oakland Together Remembrance Tribute Map is a collection of stories that pay tribute to individuals we lost during the COVID-19 pandemic and will share how they inspired others and contributed to our community. Share your story of remembrance using the form below the map.

 Gratitude

The Oakland Together Gratitude Tribute Map is a collection of stories that pay tribute to the small acts of kindness we have experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Share your story of gratitude using the form below the map.

​Submit Gratitude Story

Thank You

Thank you for viewing COVID-19 Tribute. Connect with #OaklandCounty and share your tribute stories on social media using #OaklandTogether and #COVID19Tribute.