Frankfort, KY – In 1987, on a wind-swept hill overlooking the State Capitol, then-Governor Martha Layne Collins broke ground for the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It was dedicated a year later. Now, 20-years later, hundreds braved the rain and cold to rededicate the monument and pay tribute to ALL Kentucky veterans. Retired Brigadier General Les Beavers says the memorial "is a witness to us that life is so precious." "The right to preserve it and the freedom to enjoy it everyday should not be taken for granted. We all know that great ideals and the maintenance of Liberty are worth fighting for."
The ceremony in Frankfort, like similar events nationwide, was held at the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month. That's when the Armistice was signed ending World War I. It now marks the moment when we all pause to honor the men and women who have served our nation, kept us strong and assured our freedom. To our veterans we say, Thank you!