By Jimmie W. Greene, II McCreary County Judge/Executive
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What is Veterans Day? What should we do, or who are we honoring on that day? On Veterans Day we are honoring all that served or are serving in the US Military. Less than 1 percent of our population today will ever wear the uniform of this nation. Soon after the end of World War I, on November 11, 1918, at 11:00 am, Armistice Day was declared. In 1954, Congress signed a bill changing the name to Veterans Day.
I was very pleased to follow in a long tradition in my family of serving. My Grandfather served in the Army. My father retired after 24 years in the Air Force, serving in both Korea and Vietnam. My brother Patrick, served in Vietnam with the Army. His sons, Brian, served in the Army in Iraq and Tyler currently serves in the US Army and is stationed in Poland. I have many cousins who served their country admirably. My uncle Lloyd Soulyrette, served at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack in World War II, and his son Pat served during Vietnam. When I was growing up it was something most boys wanted to do. Our heroes were soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen. We watched every movie about the military that we could and always wanted to play “Army”.
This county has a rich history of those who served. From Medal of Honor winner, Wilburn K. Ross to Charles E. Moore who was killed in action in Vietnam and so many others. Many performed heroic acts that have never been told. Many choose to never discuss their duties and actions while serving. They all played an important role. Whether you saw conflict or not, the bottom line is you swore an oath to protect this nation at whatever cost. We don’t enjoy the freedoms of today without the sacrifice of so many. These individuals and those who currently serve are my heroes and I salute them!
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For God and Country