Capitol Education Center re-dedicated in honor of Gold Star Families

11/21/2016 05:13 PM

A building which gets heavy foot traffic from the commonwealth’s school children was re-dedicated on Monday in honor of Gold Star Families in Kentucky.

The Kentucky Capitol Education Center, put in place and previously named for former First Lady Jane Beshear, got a new plaque which will soon be placed at its entrance and an updated entryway meant to honor Gold Star Families.

The space will serve as a reminder to Kentuckians of the families who survive loved ones who have given everything fighting for the United States. There has been a history of honoring families with a gold star dating back to the First World War.

Kentucky Adjutant General Stephen Hogan remarked on the timing of the event, which falls on Thanksgiving week, as they re-dedicated the center on the Capitol grounds.

“The great part about this facility is that it will stand as a constant reminder,” he said. “So, that in that sense it is not going to be a memorial to the past, or a memorial to the present but a living memorial to their cause.”

“We are grateful for those loved ones who gave their last full measure to stand in the gap of liberty and chaos,” Hogan said. “We are grateful for the families which are the life blood of this organization, the life blood of the military to which would not be possible without that support.”

Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, who also served in the armed forces, called the re-dedication a “tremendous opportunity” for the administration to reach 60,000 school children who make their way through the Capitol grounds each year.

“We have an opportunity to plant seeds — to put into them things that will germinate, some quickly and some over longs period of time, to create opportunity and an understanding of the sacrifice that has been made,” Bevin remarked at the re-dedication.

Monday’s re-dedication does not come without controversy, in July former First Lady Jane Beshear’s name was removed from the Capitol Education Center on the grounds of the Capitol. The removal of Beshear’s name drew criticism from some lawmakers and the Kentucky Democratic Party.

On Monday, Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary William Landrum remarked on Beshear’s working in re-building the Capitol and heaped praise on the former First Lady.

“It was former First Lady Jane Beshear’s leadership who transformed this building for students,” Landrum said. “As a former teacher and sponsor of the Kentucky graduate bill we know she was and is committed to education.

“I applaud First Lady Beshear on her efforts to raise funds for this center, and I want to publicly say thank you for having the vision to provide space for school groups to gather,” he continued. “To give a sense of pride for all those who work and visit our beautiful Capitol campus each year.”


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