A Special Honor for Those Fallen in Battle

Mike Schultz Leading the Pledge of AllegianceGina Rue Singing the Star Spangled BannerJerilynn Kabel Leading Opening PrayerColonel Brian WertzlerCongressman Andy BarrBill Sloan and Bobby CubertDonna Thurman and Patty MartinezFrankfort Civil Air PatrolShawn and Donna CallahanCity Councilman Paul Vaughn and State Rep James TiptonJames SargentPam Brough and Judge Executive Orbrey GrittonCounty Clerk Jason Denny and his wife DebbieCongressman Andy Barr and Dave Disponett

Post 34 of the American Legion and Auxiliary held their annual Memorial Day service at the newly renovated Healing Field in the Legion Park.  The service held strong meaning for many there, including many local officials that were in attendance.

State Representative James Tipton said, “We are so blessed to live in a country where we have freedom, and freedom came with a price.  We’ve lost so many over the years, and I just appreciate everyone being here today to show our appreciation in memory of all the service people who we have lost over the years.”

School board member and Democratic candidate for state representative, James Sargent, talked about how he will always remember his grandfather.  “My grandfather went into the battle of Normandy. He was there for two days and got shot and was crippled for the rest of his life,” James said.  “I’ll never forget what he did for me.”

The ceremony, which drew an exceptionally large crowd this year and a number of Gold Star families, started with Mike Schultz leading the Pledge of Allegiance, Gina Rue singing the Star Spangled Banner, and Jerilynn Kabel leading the opening prayer.  Pam Brough, president of the Auxiliary, lead a special recognition of the county’s World War II veterans as three have recently passed away after receiving a Quilt of Valor in February.

The two guest speakers at the event reminded everyone why this holiday should be held special in the hearts of all Americans.  Colonel Brian Wertzler of the Kentucky National Guard said, “The Healing Field provides a living tribute with individual flag poles each representing one of Kentucky’s 119 service men and women who have fallen in the war on terror since September 11th, 2001.” He later on said, “To be born free is an accident. To live free is a privilege.”

US Congressman Andy Barr was the second guest speaker, discussing the history and reason for Memorial Day: “Today and this weekend, we celebrate Memorial Day, and it’s always an honor to be in the presence of veterans who have served our country and to honor those who gave the last ounce of their lives in defense of our freedom.”

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  1. I attended this years service. very touching service.We should be very proud of all that worked on the memorial. I am proud of our little town and appreciate the freedom we have been given.

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