Governor: Kansas to participate in nationwide lighting tribute honoring victims of COVID-19

    Gov. Kelly's administration will be turning off all interior lights on Tuesday, Jan.19 as part of a nationwide tribute to those who have lost their lives to COVID-19. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

    TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly announced her administration will turn off all interior lights in the Kansas Capitol building on the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 19, to honor those who have lost their lives to COVID-19.


    The governor looked back on the difficult months since the pandemic began and offered her sympathies to those who have lost loved ones to COVID-19.


    “Next week, as we light the Kansas Statehouse, we will honor their memories and recommit ourselves to preventing further deaths by doing our part to slow the spread of the virus and ensure every Kansan is vaccinated,” Kelly said.


    The gesture is part of a nationwide event initially planned by president-elect Joe Biden’s Presidential Inaugural Committee. The committee has invited states and communities across the country to light up buildings and ring church bells as part of the “national moment of unity and remembrance.”


    The Washington, D.C. ceremony will feature lighting around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool to memorialize American lives lost.


    The lighting event will take place at 4:30 p.m. Central time. 


    “I encourage all cities and counties in Kansas to join in and light up courthouses or other buildings Tuesday evening,” Kelly said. “Let us all use this opportunity to unite as Kansans and as Americans and remember those we have lost.”