City of South Bend unveils plaque at Howard Park in honor of essential workers

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Mayor James Mueller and community leaders coming together Wednesday evening for a rededication ceremony in Howard Park. The annual event being held in honor of Workers Memorial Day making a comeback after facing cancellations last year due to the pandemic.

The ceremony unveiled a new plaque at the Workers Memorial to remember essential workers who passed away while working on the frontlines of the pandemic.

The plaque representing gratitude and remembrance from the city for all the essential frontline workers who have worked tirelessly since last year.

Leaders saying it’s not just in honor of police officers and those in the medical field, but also for those who have kept students in the classroom.

“We’ve done this every year, but with the pandemic and the situations that have been created by it we found out that there’s a lot of people - a lot of heroes - in other lines of work," said Dennis McCafferty, President of the Northern Indiana Area Labor Federation.

The plaque is already on display for community members to pay their respects.

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