In this March 19, 2021, file photo, nurses huddle on a wet and windy ride aboard a lobster boat on the way to set up a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Great Cranberry Island. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty / AP

Maine might create a memorial for victims of COVID-19 in its capital city.

Democratic Sen. Ben Chipman has introduced a proposal that would lead to the creation of the memorial on the grounds of the Maine State House. The proposal would direct the Legislative Council to fund and design the memorial, the Senate Majority Office said Monday.

Chipman said the “once in a generation pandemic needs to be properly recognized in the state of Maine.” The pandemic has killed more than 700 people in the state.

The bill states that it would allow the State House and Capitol Park Commission “to arrange for and oversee the development and installation of a monument honoring the victims of the pandemic related to coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19.”