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Veterans honored and remembered in Boyle County ceremony

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

They are men and women who know exactly what it means to serve our country.

"I consider him a hero, him all all the others who served," says Nancy Wagoner whose father, 95-year-old Carlton Stull, served in World War II.

91-year-old George Garrison, also served in World War II.

"This means an awful lot to me to see so many veterans having such a good time because I know they haven't always had it so easy," says George Garrison.

For one Harrodsburg couple, the day was also about honoring a soldier that was killed during the war.

"He's in our hearts and everything we do is for Justin and we are really in remembrance of him today and all the other families," says Cathy Estes.

It was in 2007, that Staff Sergeant Justin Estes was part of the 82nd Airborne fighting in Iraq.

"An IED went off and took out the Humvee in front of him," says his father, Don Estes.

According to news reports, Justin Estes left his vehicle to help.

"Justin ran in and saw one of the soldiers was still alive in a burning vehicle and got him out," says Don Estes.

He saved the soldier's life, but another IED detonated. Estes died from the explosion but was honored with three medals, including the bronze star and purple heart.

"I considered him a hero before he went in," says Don Estes.

On this veterans day, he's once again being honored by his family, who are also doing their part to reach out to veterans.

"We want to thank everyone who served," says Cathy Estes.

This is the second year for the luncheon at the armory. Veterans attending the event ranged in age from 19 to 95 years old.

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