FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 5, 2020
Governor Parson Orders Capitol Dome and Governor’s Mansion Lighted Purple in Recognition of Alzheimer’s Awareness Day
(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Governor Mike Parson has ordered the Missouri State Capitol dome and Missouri Governor’s Mansion to shine purple on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, in recognition of Alzheimer’s Awareness Day.
“Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease that affects many of our loved ones. It is important to spread awareness and remember that there is still much work to be done to find a cure,” Governor Parson said. “Tonight, we will light the dome and the People’s House purple to show our support for the many Missourians impacted by this illness.”
The dome and Governor’s Mansion will light up at sunset on October 5 and remain lit through sunrise on October 7. The color purple is the signature color of the Alzheimer’s Association. Combining the calmness of blue and the passion of red, purple represents the uncompromising strength of the Alzheimer’s Association and its supporters.
In coordination with the lighting, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) will host a department walk in Jefferson City from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on October 6 in recognition of Alzheimer’s Awareness Day. There will also be a Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Jefferson City on October 11. Please visit the Walk to End Alzheimer’s website to find a walk near you.
“Alzheimer’s disease will continue to be a growing public health crisis until we find a cure. The most recent data shows there are 210,000 people age 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s in our state,” said Jessica Bax, DHSS Division of Senior and Disability Services Director. “Creating awareness during this month reminds us all of the importance to work together to support Missouri families affected by this disease.”
Pictures of the lighting will be available on Governor Parson’s Flickr page. Citizens are encouraged to share pictures on social media.