Memorial in honor of people who died of COVID-19 opens in Georgetown
Memorial in honor of people who died of COVID-19 opens in Georgetown

Memorial in honor of people who died of COVID-19 opens in Georgetown

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKYT) – Hundreds of yellow hearts stand along a hall of The Pavilion in Georgetown, honoring those who lost their lives to COVID-19.

These memorials have appeared all over the country, after the first ones in Irving, Texas. And now there’s one right in Scott County.

More than one million Americans have lost their lives to COVID and more than 16,000 Kentuckians. Each yellow heart represents a person, a person’s beloved, and shows that they are not just a number.

Dorothy Wiemers is the Community Curator of the Yellow Heart Memorial in Scott County. She was inspired to bring this memorial to Georgetown because, like many others, it is personal to her.

“My husband Michael died in November 2020 and it was devastating for our family. We never expected that we would be so closely affected by COVID. There was so much that we were not allowed to do at that time. We were not to be at the hospital, we could not sit by the bed, hold their hand, we did not even get to say a proper goodbye, ā€¯Wiemers said.

Memorials like this give people a chance to honor their loved ones, something many were unable to do during the height of the pandemic.

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