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State Veterans Centers and Veterans Cemeteries to honor vets in local community ceremonies

Kentucky’s state veterans centers and veterans cemeteries will host ceremonies in recognition of Veterans Day Friday, Nov. 11.

At Paul E. Patton Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center in Hazard, residents will attend events in the community as well as facility celebrations on Veterans Day.

November 10: Free Veterans Day dinner at Ponderosa. Bingo with LKLP and prizes
November 11: Veterans Day Ceremony beginning at 10:00 am. Guest Speaker Minor Allen, Chief of Hazard Police Department and former Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army.


November 11: At 1 p.m. guests will deliver gifts including military hats and homemade quilts for the residents. Three bands will also perform.
November 11: At 3 p.m. Hospice of the Bluegrass will present gifts.
November 11: At 6:30 there will be live music and a bonfire.
November 12: From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be the 2nd Annual Veterans Day Car Show.

Joseph E. Ballard Western Kentucky Veterans Center in Hanson has a full week of events planned.

November 9: Pride Elementary 2nd grades will be visiting and reading to residents.
November 10: Residents will be traveling to Thelma B. Johnson Early Learning Center in Henderson KY. They will be visiting, reading and sharing lunch with the students, staff and parents.
November 10: 10:00am is the Annual Veteran’s Day Program at Western Kentucky Veteran’s Center. Hopkins County Central High School JRROTC will be presenting the Colors and assisting during the program.
November 11: Residents will be visiting Henderson Middle School, Clay Elementary, and James Madison Middle school to participate in their Veteran’s Day programs honoring Veterans.
November 12: The Madisonville Elks Lodge 738 will be hosting their annual Veterans breakfast and several residents will be attending.
November 13: Several residents will be participating in the 52nd Annual Veteran’s Day Parade in Madisonville.
November 16: WKVC Resident Council President will be guest speaker at Pride Elementary school.

Thomson-Hood Veterans Center (THVC) in Wilmore will hold a series of events to honor Kentucky Veterans. Some of the week’s special events include:

November 10: the Suburban Women’s Club will be visiting the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center women veterans and thanking them with special gifts for the sacrifices that they have made for our country.
November 10: Patriotic Line Dancers Music at 3:00 p.m. in the Hunt Multi-Purpose Room the Energizers will be performing their Patriotic Line Dancing Program to honor the men and women for Veterans Day.
November 11: at 11:11 a.m. a Veterans Day Ceremony will be held in the Hunt-Multi Purpose Room. THVC Honor Guard will Post the Colors, LTC Ike Adams will be our Keynote Speaker along with a Special Guest Speaker Veteran Herbert Walthrop. Patriotic Music will be performed by Volunteer Jackie Walters and Lexington Christian Academy students.

November 12: Wilmore Veterans Day Parade at 10 a.m. all of the community is invited to be a part of the Wilmore Veterans Day Parade. Thomson-Hood Veterans will be cruising in the parade in Corvettes provided by the Bluegrass Corvette Club. If you or your group would like for to be entered into the parade please contact Amy Fitch at wilmoreparks@gmail.com. The Veterans Day Parade will conclude at the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center.

November 12: Thomson-Hood Community Veterans Day Ceremony. The Thomson-Hood Community Veterans Day Ceremony will be held promptly following the Wilmore Veterans Day Parade at 11:11 a.m. in side of the Center. The Speaker of the Ceremony will feature LTC (KYNG,RET) Walter Leaumont. Special Music will be provided by the Fellowship Band Orchestrated by Nathan Miller and a Solo performed by Thomson-Hood Employee Rebecca Hilterbran open house with refreshments will follow the presentation.

Although Kentucky’s four State Veterans Cemeteries will not host full Veterans Day ceremonies, they will be honoring veterans and placing flags on graves.

Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central in Radcliff will be placing flags on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. and removing them a week later on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m.

Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown will be placing flags at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East in Greenup County will honor deceased veterans at 9 a.m. on Monday. Nov. 7. Director Frank Kees will speak and then staff and guests will place flags. AMVETs will serve refreshments.

From Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Communications

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