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Camp Nelson Honor Guard in need of funds

By: Janet Kim Email
By: Janet Kim Email

It's a cry out for more money so those who lost their lives fighting for our country can have a proper burial service in Central Kentucky.

The Camp Nelson Honor Guard is trying to raise enough funds to purchase over an acre near the Camp Nelson National Cemetary.

"We're trying to get a piece of property that would be a base camp and keep our horses and case-on and get horses out of the weather, and where we would be hosts to other honor guard units," says Col. Tracy Lucas, the commander of the Camp Nelson Honor Guard.

This land is just a three minute walk across the field to where the honor guard sets up for funeral services at Kentucky's national cemetary.

"If we could take horses and do honors like a national shrine like Arlington or Sam Houston, it would be great," says Lucas.

The non-profit helps coordinate military honors at funeral services throughout the year, but the group's funds are running dry.

"I started this 3 years ago, and there's no funding for this," says Lucas. "It's something we started without any funding. We do this on our own."

The Wilsons just buried their relative Monday at Camp Nelson, and they say they understand the importance of supporting groups like the Honor Guard.

"No matter what you can do to help, that's fantastic," says Katha Wilson. "There's not enough done for those who have served our country and died for our freedom, I can't say it enough."

But time is running out, as the deadline nears for the honor guard to come up with enough money to acquire the land.

"If this opportunity is lost, I don't know when we'll get an opportunity like this again," says Lucas.

So far, the Camp Nelson Honor Guard has raised $7,000 of the $45,000 needed. The group has until December 1 to raise the rest of the $38,000. The group is hoping for an extension.

Donations can be made to:

The Camp Nelson Honor Guard
213 Southtown Branch Rd.
Nicholasville, KY 40356


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