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Kentucky Veterans Day Events 2016

Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set to honor the end of World War I, November 11, 1918. After World War II and the Korean War, it was changed to Veterans Day to acknowledge all veterans. Support our veterans, and thank them for their service by attending these events in your area.

Veterans Week Events at Veterans Centers, Cemeteries

  • State Veterans Centers and Veterans Cemeteries will honor veterans in local community ceremonies.
  • Louisville Veterans Day Parade will be held Friday, November 11, at 11 a.m.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 4, 2016) Kentucky’s state veterans centers and veterans cemeteries will host ceremonies in recognition of Veterans Day, Friday, November 11.

Paul E. Patton Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center in Hazard, residents will attend events in the community as well as facility celebrations on Veterans Day.

  • Saturday, November 5: Dinner and Music at Hazard VFW Post 7387.
  • Thursday, November 10: Free Veterans Day dinner at Ponderosa. Bingo with LKLP and prizes.
  • Friday, November 11: Veterans Day Ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. Guest Speaker Minor Allen, Chief of Hazard Police Department and former Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army.
  • Friday, November 11: At 1 p.m. guests will deliver gifts including military hats and homemade quilts for the residents. Three bands will also perform.
  • Friday, November 11: At 3 p.m. Hospice of the Bluegrass will present gifts.
  • Friday, November 11: At 6:30 p.m. there will be live music and a bonfire.
  • Saturday, November 12: From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be the Second Annual Veterans Day Car Show.

Joseph E. Ballard Western Kentucky Veterans Center in Hanson has a full week of events planned.

  • Sunday, November 6: Sunday service and appreciation lunch at Pritchett’s Chapel.
  • Wednesday, November 9: Pride Elementary second grades will be visiting and reading to residents.
  • Thursday, November 10: Residents will be traveling to Thelma B. Johnson Early Learning Center in Henderson. They will be visiting, reading, and sharing lunch with the students, staff, and parents.
  • Thursday, November 10: 10 a.m. is the Annual Veterans Day Program at Western Kentucky Veteran’s Center. Hopkins County Central High School JROTC will be presenting the Colors and assisting during the program.
  • Friday, November 11: Residents will be visiting Henderson Middle School, Clay Elementary, and James Madison Middle School to participate in their Veterans Day programs honoring veterans.
  • Saturday, November 12: Madisonville Elks Lodge 738 will be hosting their annual veterans breakfast with several residents attending.
  • Sunday, November 13: Several residents will be participating in the 52nd Annual Veterans Day Parade in Madisonville.
  • Wednesday, November 16: WKVC Resident Council President will be guest speaker at Pride Elementary School.

Thomson-Hood Veterans Center (THVC) in Wilmore will hold a series of events to honor Kentucky veterans. Some of the week’s special events include:

Photos with our Veterans, Friday, November 4: Air Force veteran Victor Peek and his son, Erik Peek, a Marine veteran, were at the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center at 9 a.m. to take photographs of THVC veterans with the American flag.

Young at Heart Big Band, Friday, November 4, was at the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center to play Big Band music and patriotic music for the veterans at 2 p.m. in the Hunt Multi-Purpose Room.

Suburban Women’s Club, Thursday, November 10: will be visiting Thomson-Hood Veterans Center women veterans and thanking them with special gifts for the sacrifices that they have made for our country.

Patriotic Line Dancers Music, Thursday, November 10: 3 p.m. in the Hunt Multi-Purpose Room, the Energizers will be performing their Patriotic Line Dancing program to honor the men and women for Veterans Day.

Veterans Day, Friday, November 11: Veterans Day ceremony will be held at 11:11 a.m. in the Hunt-Multi Purpose Room. THVC Honor Guard will post the Colors, LTC Ike Adams will be the keynote speaker along with special guest speaker veteran Herbert Walthrop. Patriotic music will be performed by volunteer Jackie Walters and Lexington Christian Academy students.

Wilmore Veterans Day Parade, Saturday, November 1210 a.m., all of the community is invited to be a part of the Wilmore Veterans Day Parade. Thomson-Hood Veterans will be cruising in the parade in Corvettes provided by the Bluegrass Corvette Club. If you or your group would like to be entered into the parade please contact Amy Fitch at wilmoreparks@gmail.com. The Veterans Day Parade will conclude at the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center.

Thomson-Hood Community Veterans Day Ceremony, Saturday, November 12: the Thomson-Hood Community Veterans Day Ceremony will be held promptly following the Wilmore Veterans Day Parade at 11:11 a.m. inside the center. The speaker of the ceremony will feature LTC (KYNG,RET) Walter Beaumont. Special music will be provided by the Fellowship Band orchestrated by Nathan Miller and a solo performed by Thomson-Hood employee Rebecca Hilterbran. Open house with refreshments will follow the presentation.

Although Kentucky’s four state veterans cemeteries will not host full Veterans Day ceremonies, they will be honoring veterans and placing flags on graves.

Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central in Radcliff, Saturday, November 5: will be placing flags at 1 p.m. and removing them a week later on Saturday, November 12, at 1 p.m.

Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown, Wednesday, November 9: will be placing flags at 5 p.m.

Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East in Greenup County, Monday, November 7: will honor deceased veterans at 9 a.m. Director Frank Kees will speak and then staff and guests will place flags. AMVETs will serve refreshments.

Please confirm times and dates locally; information provided.

 Lacee Crail

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