New memorial for veterans presented at Cove Haven Cemetery

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - With Veteran's Day this Sunday, a new memorial at Cove Haven Cemetery is honoring those who have served and died for our country.

The National Association for Black Veterans presented the new memorial which was partially funded by a grant from the Kentucky Department of Veteran's Affairs.

Roughly 500 flags were placed throughout the cemetery by ROTC cadets from Henry Clay. Also, Bryan Station ROTC presented the colors during the national anthem.

"It's kind of connecting the two, the past and the future while we're living in the presence," said Jim Thurman of the National Association of Black Veterans. "It's good that those young people are getting ready to serve our country and that gives us hope."

Some of the flags were placed at known veteran's gravestones, but others will be placed at newly discovered sites.

"We're still uncovering some grave sites that we're still trying to figure out who they belong to," Thurman said.

Most of the veterans buried at the Cove Haven Cemetery served in World War 1 or World War 2. Others even served in the Spanish-American War and the Civil War.

Friday's memorial was part of Lexington's week of valor leading up to Veteran's Day.

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