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Celebration of heroes held in Pike County

By: Hillary Thornton Email
By: Hillary Thornton Email

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - For several years the Pike County Fiscal Court has put on a Veterans Day celebration to honor our heroes. That ceremony took place on Friday in the Pike County Courthouse.

Folks gathered to remember and honor those who served in the armed forces as well as their families.

It is a day to celebrate heroes, Pike County officials say they are honored to help pay tribute to our country's veterans.

Pike County Deputy Judge Executive John Doug Hays says, "Veterans Day is a special day and a day to honor those who deserve honor."

The celebration of heroes included music and tributes by humbled high school students. Pike County Central student, Steven Westfall says, "It is a real honor to help honor these veterans, just as high school students to be able to come and play for them is an honor."

A time to both remember and celebrate, by listening to many speakers including Pike County native and former naval commander, Billy Webb.

When asked what this day means to them, veterans reply with a simple but heavy answer. "We think of all those soldiers lost in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq...all those that come back crippled and maimed and with mental disorders," explains Army Veteran Victor Sanders.

Saying no matter where or when they served, all gave some and some gave all...and they all did it proudly.

Veterans at Friday's ceremony say they are thankful to live in a community that takes time to honor their heroes.

There was also a salute to veterans this afternoon in downtown Whitesburg and other events are planned across Eastern Kentucky in the coming days.

Veterans Day is Monday, November 11th.


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