Veterans Memorial Program

By: Kimberly Burcham Email
By: Kimberly Burcham Email

People all over the country are remembering veterans this weekend.

Folks in Breathitt County are paying tribute to those who fought for our freedom.

Timothy Collins may just be a Junior ROTC member, but he knows the meaning of Memorial Day.

"We need to know these things in history. Otherwise, they're not going to be around for long to remember,” Timothy Collins said.

A veteran's memorial program at Douthitt Park in Jackson brought out people of all ages to honor veterans past and present and recognize the meaning behind the holiday.

"It means a whole lot. Having been a combat veteran and having served my country in combat, having lost friends in combat. It's a day I can set aside and think about those times," JROTC instructor James Austin said.

"It means sacrifice, honor, duty. It means paying tribute to those who have gone before me," Second Lieutenant Anthony Kelley said.

There was music, a 21-gun salute, and the personal story of key note speaker John Vincent Prater.

He's from Breathitt County, and says he learned most of what he knows in the marines.

"Everything I was taught as a child growing up kind of took back seat to what I witnessed and what I saw when I was on active duty," Prater said.

Which is why veterans say it's so important to them to have support from their communities.

"Any freedom that you have, there's a veteran that's paid the price for that and if you would come out and support us, I can tell you that we'd certainly appreciate it," veteran J.T. Miller said.

Sunday there will be a candlelight roll call in the park at dusk.

Names of all those who died during World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam will all be called and a flag will be placed in their honor.

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  • by T Location: Kentucky on May 25, 2008 at 02:20 PM
    As a veteran of the army I hope and pray for the safe return of all our service personel who are serving overseas. Many of us are off work or dont have to go to school tomorrow and will be enjoying a time with their family, least we not forget why we are able to enjoy those things that enable us to be free. I encourage all Americans to never take for granted this day and this freedom that make us who we are. Thank a Veteran, shake their hand,as I do, and say, America owes you a debt of gratitude.
  • by james Location: Salyersville on May 25, 2008 at 06:16 AM
    What have we gained from the lagging war on the other side of the world other than the need for another 'Veteran's Day' Memorial? Our sons and daughters are being placed in cemetaries almost on a daily basis while the Bush Aministration and a Democratic Congress fuss over how to supply them or what to do next. Memorial Day is to be for all our departed love ones, but status quo has it now as a new Veteran's Day...November 11 has a twin sister! We can never do enough for our veterans so it seems..ONCE THEY ARE DEAD, that is...The live veteran's can be helped, but should not be as if they are applying for 'welfare' when they seek VA services! ('The Financial Statement' each year is a slap in veteran's faces, personal questions make it feel 'welfarish' to answer). Once a person serves their country with honor and sacrafice, they are veteran's and whether they have money does not change their status as veteran. Let's remember our live veterans as well, ones we can help.
  • by Ann Location: CA on May 24, 2008 at 03:00 PM
    It is wonderful to hear about the Veterans Memorial Program being planned. I hope the media reports the activities well and that there will be many Veteran Memorial programs across our nation.
  • by J Location: KY on May 24, 2008 at 09:33 AM
    I am so glad to see this community remembering their veterans. My father is still living and he is a WWII veteran, 86 years old. All of our veterans from every conflict need to be revered and honored and not forgotten. They deserve the utmost respect that we can give them, the living and the deceased. Remember: Thank a veteran for your freedom. If nothing else, when you meet a vet, shake their hand and thank is the least you can do...


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