Several local residents were among the guests of honor at a luncheon at the Jessamine County Adult Day Center.
Korean War veterans Melvin Galloway and Earl Mooney played bingo, and enjoyed refreshments on Monday at the center's Adult Day Program. Paul Evely, a World War II veteran from Wilmore, also visited with other vets at the party.
The event was in recognition of upcoming Memorial Day.
Other veterans also attended the luncheon, and the atmosphere was festive, as well as patriotic.
As they posed for a photo in front of a table laden with food and decorated with red, white and blue balloons, streamers and flags, the two veterans, though aged physically and mentally, stood tall, with an unmistakable gleam of pride in their eyes.
Melvin Galloway, who can no longer speak, raised a salute.
He has lived with caregiver Dean Brandenburg of Nicholasville for the past 14 years.
Mooney also lives with a caregiver.