Area Veterans Day observances planned

November 09, 2004

Veterans Day observances are planned Thursday in Casey and Garrard counties as well as at Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

Casey County

Casey County veterans and those currently serving in the military will be recognized with three services.

Casey County High School will recognize veterans and military men and women who are currently serving their country at 9 a.m. at the school. Veterans are asked to attend. Families that have people currently on active duty are asked submit names so they can be recognized. Call Lisa Peek, president of the Casey Band Boosters, at (606) 787-5465 and give her the names.

The traditional Veterans Day service will be at 11 a.m. near the doughboy statue on the Courthouse Square.

Charles Derringer, retired Navy master sergeant, will speak, and Benny Lawhorn will have the opening prayer.

Donald Smither, retired master sergeant first class with the Army Reserve at Fort Knox, will be master of ceremonies. Casey County Funeral Squad will give the salute to recognize veterans and those currently serving their country.


The Casey County High School band, under the director of Lynn Justice, will present patriotic music, including, "God Bless America," and taps.

The CCHS Band Boosters will present a program at noon at Gate Way Park community center. All county veterans are asked to register and will be presented a certificate.

Bill Hill, retired Navy officer, will be speaker for the noon program.

Garrard County

Garrard Middle School will hold its 11th annual Veterans Day celebration at 11 a.m. at the school, and the public is invited. More than 200 local veterans will be recognized by students, faculty and staff. The program will contain speeches, poems and songs by students, as well as performances by the school band.

A potluck lunch will be served to all veterans. Veterans also will visit classrooms. The program is put on primarily by the eighth grade. At noon, a Black Hawk helicopter will be at the school.

Call Peggy Couch at (859) 792-2108 for additional information.

Camp Nelson Cemetery

Jerry Lovitt, a retired state police commissioner of Jessamine County, will speak at the 11 a.m. Veterans Day service at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Jessamine County. He worked as a state trooper, detective and undercover narcotic's officer. He was twice decorated for bravery.

After his retirement from state police and the Army, Lovitt became involved in the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 168, and has served on the committee who brought the Traveling Vietnam Wall to Jessamine County.

Patrick H. Lovett, director of the National Cemetery, will be master of ceremonies. Nicholasville Police Department will make up the honor guard, and Howard Howells, a member of Post 6935, VFW Chapter in Harrodsburg, will lead the pledge of allegiance.

Col. Robert Jacobson, department commander of Odd Fellows of Kentucky, will place the wreath; Rabbi Marc Kline of Temple Adath Israel, Lexington, will give the benediction; Al Cooper of the American Legion post in Danville, will read the flag poem; and West Jessamine High School Band will present taps.

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