Memorial held after number of Ky. COVID victims crosses 10,000

The COVID memorial will be lit green at sunset, in honor of those killed by the virus.
The COVID memorial will be lit green at sunset, in honor of those killed by the virus.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Andy Beshear, First Lady Britainy Beshear, Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman and others gathered in the Capitol Rotunda Sunday for a service to remember the more than 10-thousand Kentuckians who have now died from the coronavirus.

The service gave those gathered not only an opportunity to remember and mourn those lost to the virus, but also to urge others to take steps to defeat it.

During the service, it was also announced that Kentucky artist Amanda Matthews has been commissioned to create a COVID-19 memorial, which will be located on the Capitol grounds. Seven hospitals, including Pikeville Medical Center, are helping to pay for the monument.

The public can also contribute to the cost. You can learn how by going to https://secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/Finance/MemorialFund