Stand Down Helps and Honors Veterans

Cassie Brueckbauer from Hometown ManorMackenzie Morris from Saffell House Funeral HomePam BroughBeverly Cox, Laura Stiners, and Laura Johnson from Bluegrass Community ActionBill Adkins Leading Honoring of Eric Strother's FamilyPresentation of Honor and Remember Flag to Eric Strother's Family

Yesterday was a special day for veterans and their families across the region.  The Anderson County American Legion Post 34 opened its fairgrounds for a veteran Stand Down event for all veterans in rural counties.  The event brought services to the veterans as well as a free meal and fun for their children.

The Stand Down idea originated back during the Vietnam War.  It was a time away from the battlefield for soldiers to relax, take care of themselves, receive medical treatments, etc.  The Stand Down concept has been recreated today as a way to bring various community services that help veterans together in one place.  From employment to housing assistance, a Stand Down connects veterans to helpful organizations.

Pam Brough, president of the local American Legion Auxiliary, explained that for the Rural Counties Stand Down, it was also a way to pay tribute to all the local veterans.  In addition to at least 35 different services present, they served the veterans and their families a meal as well as offered entertainment for their children. “It’s just a day to let the veterans and their families come out and get a meal and get some help on some services they need,” she said.

In addition to the services, the opening ceremony paid an honor to a gold star family.  Sgt Eric Strother was killed in action at the age of 24, leaving behind his wife Lori and two children, Shelby and Holly.  His family was presented with an Honor and Remember flag by 1st Vice Commander of AMVETS Department of Ky, Bill Adkins and president of the Kentucky Chapter of the American Gold Star Mothers, Cathy Mullins.

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