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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