Flags to be at half-staff for Kentuckians lost to COVID

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Gov. Andy Beshear has directed flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in honor of all of the Kentuckians lost to COVID-19, including the more than 30 educators and K-12 school employees.

This tribute coincides with the funeral of a 29-year-old Jenkins Independent Schools teacher and the interment of a Lee County educator, the third person from that school system to die from COVID-19 in the recent surge of the virus.

And now Fayette County has lost a 15-year-old student to the virus with the announcement Thursday evening that Christopher ‘CJ’ Gordon Jr. died from COVID Thursday morning after being in UK Medical Center for 11 days.

The Governor previously lowered the flag to half-staff for a week after Kentucky suffered its first 100 losses of the coronavirus pandemic.

Early in the pandemic, and as a sign of compassion and healing, the Governor’s Mansion was lit green following the third reported COVID-19 death in Kentucky. Shortly thereafter, the dome of the State Capitol was lit green and has remained so ever since.

The Kentucky State Police Honor Guard placed a wreath in the Capitol Rotunda to mark the loss of the first 150 Kentuckians to the virus and again to mark the loss of 1,000. A large wreath with green lights was placed on the front of the Capitol when the commonwealth lost 2,000 Kentuckians to the virus and, in January, more than 3,000 flags were planted on the lawn of the Capitol to commemorate all Kentuckians lost at that time.

To date, more than 8,000 Kentuckians have died due to COVID-19 and plans are underway to develop a permanent memorial on the grounds of the Capitol.

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