Local Veterans Day observances scheduled

November 09, 2003

Veterans Day, formerly Armistice Day, is observed Nov. 11, the anniversary of the armistice that ended World War in 1918. It honors all veterans of all armed services.

Services have been scheduled as follows:

McDowell Place

McDowell Place of Danville, 1181 Ben Ali Drive, will host a public Veterans Day service at 10 a.m. Monday.

Col. Howard Hunt III of Danville will be speaker and his wife, Aprile Hunt, will sing.

Hunt, a member of the Air Force, will share his experiences from the War on Terror. He participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom from March through August of this year as commander of the 485th Expeditionary Maintenance Group and the 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Group. As commander, he maintained the largest C-130 "Hercules" Wing in the world and commanded 1,500 personnel from the Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, active duty personnel and troops from the Royal Australian Air Force.

Hunt's wife is a recording artist, songwriter and speaker. She has previously released two recordings and is working on a third.


For more information, call (859) 239-4663.

American Legion Boyle Post 56

American Legion Post 46 will host its annual Veterans Day dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Post at 45 Spears Lane. All veterans are invited.

Casey County

The Casey County veterans always host the annual Veterans Day ceremonies on the 11th hour, the 11th day and the 11th month and this year will be no different.

The ceremony will be near the doughboy statue in front of the Casey County Courthouse in downtown Liberty.

Speaker will be retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Dewayne Duncan, pastor of Liberty United Methodist Church.

Retired Army Reservist Sgt.1st Class Donald Smither will be master of ceremonies. A prayer will be offered by the Rev. Homer Hecht, local minister.

The Casey County Funeral Squad, made up of local military veterans, will give a 21-gun salute.

The Casey County High School Marching Band will play patriotic music and present taps to conclude the service.

Retired Army Veterans Dempsey Stafford and Clement Land will raise the American Flag.

The CCHS band also will host at Veterans Day service at 1 p.m. at Gate Way Park community center.

Garrard County

A veteran's program will begin 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Garrard County Middle School. It is open to all veterans. Students will provide lunch. Veteran's will speak to students about their experiences during several 15-minute sessions after 1 p.m. The Kentucky National Guard also will put on a display at the school.

Call Donna Snyder or Peggy Couch, (859) 792-2108, for more information.

Camp Nelson Cemetery

Army retired Captain David L. King will speak at Veterans Day services at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Camp Nelson National Cemetery. He served in the military more than 20 years after being drafted during the Vietnam War. He also served in Hawaii, Fort Knox, Fort Rucker and Fort Jackson. After becoming an officer, he was on duty in Germany, Panama, Alaska, Fort Benning, Fort Leavenworth, Fort Lee, Fort Story and St. Louis. He retired in 1992.

Since retirement, he has volunteered in community and church activities and worked with veterans organizations.

Sponsored by the Central Kentucky Veterans Committee, the service also includes placing a wreath by Col. Robert Jacobson, department commander of the Odd Fellows of Kentucky; welcome by Patrick H. Lovett, cemetery director at Camp Nelson National Cemetery; invocation by Jim Harrison of the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 168, Nicholasville; and presentation of colors by Post 8, American Legion, Lexington.

Doug Diggles will sing the National Anthem; followed by the pledge of allegiance by Louis Logue, Lexington DAV, Chapter I; and benediction by Arthur Rogers, Lexington American Legion post.

The Stanford Post 18, American Legion, will present an honor guard; taps will be by West Jessamine High School buglers, and Al Cooper and two members of Post 18, American Legion, will read the meaning and folding of flag.

Members of Boyle American Legion Post 46 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3634 participate in the Camp Nelson ceremonies as well.

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