JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - One of the largest Memorial Day ceremonies in the Commonwealth is in Jessamine County, at Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Monday morning, hundreds gathered to honor servicemen and women who have died.
Memorial Day is often about boats and BBQ, until someone you love, someone who has served, dies.
"Not that we didn't recognize the soldiers, but we didn't participate in the service until after Daddy died," explained Beth Thompson. She grew up learning the importance of serving our country from Sergeant Gaylord Thompson, a Marine.
"He was a retired police officer in Lexington and once he left there he worked for court security for the federal courts," she said, "he was a service man for sure."
"Were it not for those that we're honoring today, I wouldn't have the opportunities I have had in my lifetime," noted Kentucky National Cemetery Complex Director Patrick Lovett, in his welcome message to the crowd.
Lovett encouraged everyone to not only remember those that have passed, but also to treat veterans with the care and respect they deserve.
Emma Metcalf, Director of the Lexington VA, was this year's guest speaker.