‘Truly inspirational life’: Ivey reflects on passing of Congressman John Lewis

Gov. Ivey remembers Rep. John Lewis

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - During Wednesday’s news conference on the state’s amended safer at home order, Gov. Kay Ivey took a moment to reflect on the passing of Congressman John Lewis.

Ivey began by saying she believed it was only “fitting and appropriate” to make a few comments on Lewis’ passing, calling him a true example of service above self.

“Since his death, so much has been written and said about Congressman Lewis, it would be hard to add much more to his incredible story and his truly inspirational life,” Ivey said.

Ivey said she was proud of the state’s send off for Lewis.

“Whether it was when his horse drawn carriage paused on top the Edmund Pettus Bridge, resting on the Rose Red Rose petals in contrast with his own blood that was shed some 55 years ago, or having our state troopers stand and salute as the congressman passed over the bridge for one final time,” Ivey said. “Alabamians came from all parts of the state to pay the final respects to this proud, son of Alabama native of Troy.”

Ivey ended her comments about Lewis by acknowledging the state’s continued thoughts and prayers for his family and the lives that he touched.

“We are grateful to the Lord, that we had him for as long as we did.”

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