(Editor's note: Click here to watch a Journal Newscast of the 2008 Veterans Day ceremony held at Camp Nelson National Cemetaery.)
Amid the smattering of rain drops and chilly temperatures, some 200 people turned out to Camp Nelson National Cemetery to pay tribute on Veterans Day. Nicholasville Police Chief Barry Waldrop, whose father, Kyle, was killed on March 12, 1969, while serving in his third tour in Vietnam, was the keynote speaker.
"Before he left (for Vietnam) he told me to take care of my mother," Waldrop, who was 15 years old when his father died, said. "That was the last conversation that I had with my father."
After learning of his father's death, Waldrop said he worked hard to keep his promise, including filling out mountains of paperwork so that his mother would receive her husband's veteran benefits. He told the story of how an official with the Veterans Administration referred to him as a war orphan as he got the paperwork together those many years ago.