State leaders hold flag ceremony in Frankfort in honor of COVID-19 victims

Published: Jan. 22, 2021 at 11:29 AM EST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Another grim milestone has been reached in the pandemic in Kentucky as more than 3,000 people have died of COVID-19. Today, a ceremony was held in memory of those people at the state capitol:

Just after 9:00 Friday morning, workers began placing American flags in the lawn in between the Capitol and the annex.

There over 3,000 flags that went into the ground and later this afternoon. Gov. Andy Beshear and others were part of the ceremony. On Thursday, the Governor also announced the deadliest day to date with 58 COVID-19 related deaths reported. The ceremony involved First Lady Britainy Beshear, Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman and a local pastor.

Each flag represents a person and the governor, first lady, and Lt. governor each placed a flag in memory of someone. The governor said his was in honor of Dr. Rebecca Shadoan of Bowling Green, and other doctors.

“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,” Gov. Beshear said.

The first lady placed her flag in honor of a minister who died and Lt. Gov. Coleman placed hers in honor of a teacher who passed away.

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