More than three thousand people were honored Saturday in one Eastern Kentucky county.
Laurel County unveiled a veteran’s memorial in Downtown London. U.S. veterans, their family, and friends were all in attendance, but for them it was a time of remembrance.
The streets of Downtown London were filled with people to honor the U.S. veterans from Laurel County.
Major General Donald Storm is a Laurel County native. He spoke to the crowd about the current war in the Middle East as well as the importance of supporting the troops.
"It's important that we say thank you to these folks, these great American heroes that served in all services, in all wars," Storm said.
And people of all ages waved hundreds of American flags.
"To support our troops and be one of them one of these days," said Josh Vickers.
As the three large memorials were uncovered, the lines formed. Many just wanted to find the names of their loved ones.
"The veterans, as General Storm said, are the lifeline of our nation. I too am a veteran serving in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War," said Ann Carroll.
Flags stand above the monuments representing the major U.S. Wars.
"My dad had 4 brothers who served in World War Two, my mom had 2 brothers who served there, and I now am very proud of my grandson who is in the Navy," said Ollie Depew.
"Greatest honor that all of us ever had was to be allowed to wear the uniform of this country," Gene Asher said.
Laurel County now has a constant reminder to remember those that have fought for our country.
Major General Donald Storm says there are more than three hundred and 50 thousand veterans living in Kentucky. County officials say they will keep taking names for the memorial and will add them in the future.