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War hero visits Keeneland

By: Sean Evans Email
By: Sean Evans Email

Not only was it a beautiful day for people to come out and enjoy some horse racing, but also to pay tribute to Americas service men and women.

Military personnel and their families were honored, some enjoying an up close view of the racing.

"I grew up coming to Keeneland, and then coming here and just getting recognized and thanked every where I go, it feels really good and it really does my heart good and makes me feel really special," said Marine Private First Class Chad Pelphrey.

Keeneland also received a special visitor, recent Medal of Honor recipient Marine Sergeant Dakota Meyer.

"You're putting your life on for a whole lot of other peoples well being, it's just amazing to have somebody like that here," said Keeneland visitor Mick Brock.

Sergeant Meyer has partnered with the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation in a challenge to raise one million dollars by the Foundation's fiftieth anniversary in 2012.
Meyer has also issued a challenge of his own, one to match that one million dollars to go to toward educating Marine's children.

"I'm gonna go to college, and I'm trying to show that education is the way that we pave the road to success. And it's really going to be the only way that we get America back on it's feet," said Meyer.

Windstream Communications and Keeneland both chipped in to help meet that challenge, contributing five thousand dollars each.
Race number two also featured camouflage saddle towels. The winner's was signed by Meyer and will be auctioned off for the challenge.

This was Meyer's first visit to Keeneland since returning home from overseas. He said it's one of many examples of how Kentuckians have shown appreciation for his service.

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