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BBB Trends: Honor Veteran’s Day with a wise contribution to a charity that really helps veterans

Veterans Day, formerly declared as Armistice Day in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson, is an opportunity to show your support for those who have served or are currently serving our country through volunteer service projects, raising an American flag or making a charitable donation. It is next Monday, November 11. However, the holiday provides the chance for scammers to target military personnel, especially...

Not much time left to see rare, two-headed copperhead snake at Salato; veterans free today

Less than two weeks remain to see a rare, two-headed copperhead snake before the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort closes for the winter. The unique, month-old copperhead is on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday. Time to view the snake is limited, however, as the Salato Center closes for the season after Nov. 21. Salato will reopen March 1, 2019. The Salato Center...

Jeff Rubin: It’s the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day — we should extend honor to the families as well

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day. A day first set aside to honor those veterans who fought in the “Great War.” That designation has evolved over the years. Today, we celebrate all those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces rather than only those who fought in war. On this special anniversary, I’d further propose that such recognition be extended to honor the families of veterans...

John Schickel: Celebrating Kentucky’s military history by honoring more than 330,000 who served

Kentucky’s military history runs deep within our culture and families. Even before our great Commonwealth became a state, Kentuckians embodied the boldness that service requires, stepping forward to defend and explore our young nation at a time of great uncertainty. That boldness has continued throughout the years as brave Kentuckians have gone to the trenches on the Western Front, the beaches of...

City of Paducah announces details for Veterans Day opening ceremony, parade Nov. 10

The Paducah Parks and Recreation Department and the Veterans Day Planning Committee invite the public to attend the Veterans Day Opening Ceremony and Parade on Friday, November 10. The opening ceremony will begin at 10:15 a.m. at the Korean War Monument located on the 6th Street side of Dolly McNutt Memorial Plaza. The annual parade will begin at 11 a.m. at 6th and Washington Streets. It will travel...

No shortage of heroes at Eastern Kentucky University’s Veterans Day celebration

At a time of deep divisions in the country, Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson didn’t have to look far to find heroes at a campus Veterans Day celebration. Looking to his left, he pointed to a group of uniformed EKU ROTC cadets, young men and women who will soon join the ranks of all those who have sacrificed for their country in years past. “This,” he said, “is the future...

Commentary: UK’s rich history of training, supporting members of U.S. Armed Forces

By Eli Capilouto Special to KyForward In the rich, ever-changing history of the University of Kentucky, one constant remains – the University’s close ties to training and supporting members of the United States Armed Forces. The provisions in the Morrill Land Grant Act of 1862 included land and an endowment to support instruction in agriculture, the mechanical arts, science, and classical studies....

Crawford Middle School serves up pancakes, words of thanks for local veterans

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward With a simple handshake and plates of pancakes, Crawford Middle School’s staff and students thanked those who have served in the U.S. armed forces. “They’ve sacrificed so much for us – we can give a little bit back and show our appreciation in a small way,” said teacher Evin Shockey, who greeted guests at the library door. Eighth-grader Jaylen Mitchell...

Old Time Kentucky: State’s only World War I Medal of Honor winner was also a modest hero

By Berry Craig KyForward columnist “The most modest hero of the world war” is buried in Louisville’s Zachary Taylor National Cemetery. That hero, Sgt. Willie Sandlin, was Kentucky’s only Medal of Honor winner in World War I. The Leslie countian single-handedly wiped out three German machine gun nests. He killed at least 24 enemy soldiers and reputedly helped capture 200 more in France in 1918. The...

Commentary: Commemoration of Vietnam War offers broader scope for appreciation of vets

By Norman E. Arflack Special to KyForward The 50th Commemoration of the Vietnam War offers a broader scope for appreciating the service and sacrifice of all Kentuckians who served. It’s a persistent myth that National Guard members never served on foreign soil in support of their active duty counterparts. In fact, there have been multiple Kentucky National Guard units that served not only honorably,...

Mike Denham: As Veterans Day approaches, remember contributions of all those who serve

For nearly a century now, our nation has paused on Nov. 11th to pay tribute to our veterans. From the era of George Washington to now, this select group of men and women has unfailingly protected us here at home while sacrificing so much to promote and preserve freedom abroad. Veterans Day traces its roots to the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, when the fighting stopped during...

Beshear issues scam alert for military families as potential schemes target veterans

As Veterans Day approaches, Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning Kentuckians to be cautious of scams targeting veterans. According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, there are nearly 330,000 veterans in Kentucky who could be the target of scams. The scams include calls and emails offering bogus military discounts and soliciting personal military information. Scammers are pretending...

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...

KCTCS colleges sponsoring numerous events across the state in honor of Veterans Day

The 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) are sponsoring or participating in community events to honor veterans this week. Here is a list of what’s happening around the state. Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC) ACTC is sponsoring a lunch for veteran students at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, at its Technology Drive campus. The speaker is U.S. Air Force veteran Stanley...

Lexington Philharmonic presents special show to honor veterans on Nov. 11

The Lexington Philharmonic will present its third Season Series concert, To Be Certain of the Dawn on Friday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Singletary Center for the Arts (SCFA). This performance embodies several very important messages for humanity today, and is a significant undertaking for the orchestra. To Be Certain of the Dawn will be presented on Veteran’s Day to honor all who have fought...

Ranking of best, worst cities for veterans shows Lexington serves them quite well

In 2013, there were 21.4 million military veterans in the United States, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. In honor of those who fought bravely, WalletHub.com took on the mission of finding the best and worst cities for former service people. Staffers of the social finance website drew upon 19 key metrics to rank 100 of the most populated U.S. cities. The data set ranges from the percentage...

Commentary: Thank you, Roland Baxley, for your service – and for hiring nation's veterans

By Brendon Potts Special to KyForward   I am proud to know Roland Baxley. He has served our country for years, first as a member of the United States Navy and later as a small business owner that employs military veterans.   Roland Baxley (Photo provided) I met Roland through my work as a senior manager with FedEx Ground. Roland owns Bluegrass Delivery of KY, Inc., a company based in Lexington...

Rep. Mike Denham: Americans owe so much to so few … on Veterans Day and every day

He may have been referring to the members of the Royal Air Force, but when British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few,” he could easily have been talking about our own country’s veterans.   They make up less than 8 percent of the United States’ population, but it is no overstatement to say our lives would be...