Gov. Beshear memorializes more than 3,000 Kentuckians killed by COVID-19

Published: Jan. 22, 2021 at 2:04 PM EST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Andy Beshear, along with First Lady Britainy Beshear, Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, and others held a ceremony Friday afternoon in Frankfort memorializing the more than 3,000 Kentuckians who have lost their lives due to COVID-19.

You can watch the ceremony here:


Gov. Beshear to Memorialize the More Than 3,000 Kentuckians Lost to COVID-19

Posted by WYMT on Friday, January 22, 2021

Yesterday the Governor also announced the deadliest day to date with 58 covid 19 deaths reported for Thursday.

Just after nine, this morning workers began placing American flags on the lawn between the Capitol and the annex. There were more than 3,000 flags on the ground, and then this afternoon the Governor and others were a part of a ceremony.

“Every flag you see represents a real Kentuckian, one who was and is loved by their families and friends, who meant something to the communities in which they lived,” Gov. Beshear said. “Each and every loss is singular and heartbreaking.”

Each of them placed flags in honor of a different group of people and in memory of a specific person. The governor said he laid his flags in memory of the front-line health care workers who had died due to COVID-19.

“I will be placing this flag in the ground for Dr. Rebecca Shadowen, and all of our health care heroes who have given their own lives during this pandemic to save others. This noble sacrifice cannot and will not be forgotten,” Gov. Beshear said. “That actually sacrificed their lives for us. Sacrifice their lives to take care of other people so that other families don’t experience what the families of these health care heroes are currently experiencing.”

The First Lady’s flags represented all the family members lost and Lt. Gov. Coleman’s flags were placed for all the educators.

“We grieve for the more than 3,000 Kentuckians who lost their lives to this virus. In a state as tight-knit as ours, one loss is too many; 3,000 is utterly devastating,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman. “I am dedicating my flag to the education community including Simone Parker, who taught science at Trigg County High School for 19 years and passed away two weeks ago.”

A few people who watched said they were touched by the solemn ceremony. Ann Jacek from Lawrenceburg worries about what the future may bring for her family and others. “I know my sister in law is getting out of the hospital today from her bout, but is she going to be alright? She has COPD. Is something going to happen to her down the line?”

The flags will remain there and more will be added in the coming days of the pandemic. Governor Beshear promises the pandemic will end this year, and the deaths will subside with more being vaccinated.

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