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Ceremony Held to Honor Over 3,300 Kentuckians Lost to COVID-19

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear and other Commonwealth officials came together on Friday to commemorate the lives of over 3,300 Kentuckians lost to COVID-19 by honoring each one with an American flag on the Capitol grounds.

Posted: Jan 22, 2021 4:18 PM
Updated: Jan 22, 2021 4:26 PM

A special ceremony was held Friday to honor the lives of each Kentuckian who has died in the fight against COVID-19.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, First Lady Britainy Beshear, and Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman took part in the memorial flag ceremony on the Capitol Grounds in Frankfort to commemorate the lives of more than 3,300 Kentuckians who have been lost to the coronavirus pandemic.

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3,301 American flags were placed on the capitol grounds in honor of those who have died.

“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.”

The Governor and Lieutenant Governor spoke briefly before they and the First Lady placed the last of the flags.

Gov. Beshear said the flag he placed was in honor of front-line healthcare workers lost to COVID-19, including Dr. Rebecca Shadowen, a physician and infectious disease specialist in Bowling Green who was just 62 when she died of the coronavirus in early September of 2020.

The First Lady's flag was dedicated to every parent, child, and family member who has lost a loved one to the virus.

Lt. Gov. Coleman placed her flag in honor of educators lost to COVID-19.

Also taking part in Friday’s ceremony were the Rev. Tonya Kenner of First United Methodist Church in Frankfort, who offered an opening prayer, and soloist Keith Dean, who sang the Gospel hymn “His Eye Is on the Sparrow.”

You can see video from Friday's ceremony by clicking here.


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