I was in the Northern Kentucky Airport a few weeks ago on my way to Washington and saw three of our young men in uniform in the terminal, potentially on their way to Iraq. As the soldiers passed the gates, fresh-faced and camouflage-covered, one man in the terminal quietly turned off his cell phone and started to clap. As others noticed, one by one, a wave of people started to clap, turning one man's small gesture into moving, general applause.
More than 16,000 Kentuckians have served in the current conflicts since September 2001, and this month is the perfect opportunity to show our support for these brave men and women in uniform. As you may know, May is not only the month of Memorial Day; it is also National Military Appreciation Month. This gives us a renewed opportunity to reach out to those soldiers in our communities, lend support to their families and - regardless of our political leanings - let our troops know that we acknowledge and appreciate their efforts and sacrifices.