In acknowledgment of Veterans Day, Gov. Steve Beshear requested that a tree be planted on the Capitol grounds in honor of Kentucky's service members, according to a news release. On Wednesday, First Lady Jane Beshear, accompanied by Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Ken Lucas and veterans, helped place in the ground a tulip poplar, Kentucky's state tree. Located in the Memorial Garden adjacent to the state Capitol, the tree will bear a small plaque recognizing veterans.
"This tree is one small way to honor the more than 339,000 veterans in Kentucky," said Gov. Beshear, in a news release. "As it grows taller and stronger, the tree will remain a significant symbol of the strength and resilience of our service members. I hope all Kentuckians will join me and Jane in taking time to remember our men and women in uniform and the many sacrifices they make for us on a daily basis."
Gov. Steve Beshear recently sent a letter to schools across the Commonwealth encouraging them to plant a tree honoring veterans and to send a photograph of Veterans Day activities to the Governor's office. These photographs will be displayed in the Capitol in 2011.
The Commonwealth has lost 100 native Kentucky soldiers while on military duty in Iraq and Afghanistan since those conflicts began. Since they were deployed in March 2010, 78 soldiers from units stationed at Fort Campbell have been killed.
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