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Veterans to be honored in area Veterans Day events

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By MARY ALFORD

Veterans Day is dedicated to showing appreciation to and honoring veterans, and Nov. 11 is something Hardin County residents take seriously each year.

Communities throughout the county on Saturday are holding ceremonies to recognize area veterans.

Radcliff

Radcliff’s veterans recognition event will start off with the Battle Buddies Early Meet from 6:30-8 a.m. Saturday at the Colvin Community Center, where all veterans are welcome to get together and share stories from the past. Pastries, coffee, tea and juice will be available.

Following that, there will be a free breakfast from 8-10 a.m. The food was donated by local civic organizations, Radcliff City Clerk Jeff England said.

The concentration of this year’s Radcliff recognition event will be, “Korea, The Forgotten War.”

Vine Grove

The 20th annual Hardin County Veterans’ Day Celebration in Vine Grove will begin at 10 a.m. with a parade beginning at St. Brigid Church and ends in Optimist Park.

Jennifer Nelson, Vine Grove utilities clerk and events coordinator, said there will be about 40 entries in the parade, comprising of floats, vehicles, motorcycle clubs and walking groups.

Following the parade at 11 a.m. will be a ceremony in Optimist Park.

The keynote speaker and parade grand marshal will be Brig. Gen. Patrick Frank, deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Cadet Command. The Ladies for Liberty also will be featured at the event.

Lunch will be provided following the ceremony.

“We invite everyone to come out and enjoy the parade to honor our veterans past and present,” Nelson said.

For more information on Vine Grove’s veteran celebration, call (270) 877-2422 Elizabethtown’s seventh annual Veterans Day Ceremony will be at 10:30 a.m. at the Veterans Tribute Park on Ring Road inside the Nature Park.

Elizabethtown

“We enjoy welcoming the community to celebrate our active duty and military veterans each year,” said Elizabethtown mayor Edna Berger in a news release. “We are blessed to have a beautiful park to memorialize their contributions.”

The 2017 ceremony is a coordinated effort between the City of Elizabethtown and American Legion Hardin Post 113.

John Saunders, American Legion commander Hardin Post 113, said they want to welcome all to attend. A free lunch will be provided for attendees at the Ring Road post following the ceremony.

Posting of the Colors will be held at 11 a.m. to commemorate the signing of the Armistice on Nov. 11, 1918, at the end of World War I.

The keynote speaker will be Brig. Gen. Robert W. Bennett, 61st Adjutant General of the U.S. Army.

Other key Veterans Day events include the Louisville Veterans Day Parade and the opening of the Lt. Gen. Hal Moore exhibit at the Village/Civil War Museum in Bardstown. n