Today we honor and recognize veterans.
President Barack Obama's Veterans Day proclamation said: "We have a sacred trust with those who wear the uniform of the United States of America. From the Minutemen who stood watch over Lexington and Concord to the service members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, American veterans deserve our deepest appreciation and respect. ... Today, we reflect upon the invaluable contributions of our country's veterans and reaffirm our commitment to provide them and their families with the essential support they were promised and have earned."
The following is a list of some of the ways Central Kentuckians are recognizing veterans.
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A variety of ceremonies will be held.
■ 5:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at Porter Memorial Baptist Church in Lexington, 4300 Nicholasville Road. Dinner for veterans and the public, followed by community Veterans Day program at 7:15 p.m. Speakers and patriotic music. Dinner $4 a person, $2 for ages 4 and younger. Call (859) 272-3441.
■ 11 a.m. Nov. 11. Camp Nelson National Cemetery will holds its traditional Veterans Day Ceremony. Call (859) 885-5727.
■ 11:11 a.m. Nov. 11. The Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore will honor veterans with certificates of gratitude for their bravery.
■ 10:45 a.m. Nov. 11. The Paul E. Patton Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center in Prestonsburg will hold ceremonies.
■ 11 a.m. Nov. 11. The Kentucky veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown will hold a Veterans Day service. Call (859) 823-0720.
The theme of the Kentucky Historical Society's Candlelight Tour events Thursday, Friday and Saturday in downtown Frankfort is Salute Traditions and Treasures. Activities begin at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History at 5 p.m. Thursday. There will be a new exhibit, Kentucky Military Treasures: Selections from the Kentucky Historical Society Collections. The exhibit spans nearly 200 years of conflicts — from the War of 1812 to more recent engagements in Afghanistan and Iraq — and includes the personal stories of Kentuckians who fought and sometimes died in battle.
Children can make holiday cards for military personnel and visit with 12-year-old Taylor Pace, who started a business in 2002 making homemade bears and selling them to benefit military families. Taylor's bears will be on sale. View the Kentucky Military Treasures Tree, featuring ornaments made by schoolchildren and children of military personnel.
Entertainment on Thursday includes performances by the Kentucky National Guard Brass Quartet; the Swing Canaries, a trio of female vocalists who sing the songs of the Andrews Sisters and the Girls of the Golden West; and the Franklin County High School Band. There will be demonstrations by local artisans; the KHS permanent exhibit, tour A Kentucky Journey; the KHS permanent exhibition; a large Lionel holiday train display; and Theatre of War: Unresolved Conflict of Vietnam, a new KHS Museum Theatre piece.
All KHS evening candlelight events, in addition to first-floor tours of the Kentucky Military History Museum, are free. For more information, go to www.history.ky.gov/candlelight.
■ The University of Kentucky Military Veterans of America and Veterans Resource Center will host a weeklong screening of the award-winning documentary, The Way We Get By, in Worsham Theatre on the University of Kentucky campus.
The film tells the story of a group of senior citizens who gather daily at a small airport to thank American soldiers departing and returning from Iraq. There will be a VIP screening at Memorial Hall at 6 p.m. Nov. 12. If you are interested in attending, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (859) 257-1148. Other show times at Worsham Theater are: noon Wednesday, 2 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. Friday.
The film also will air on KET at 9 p.m. Wednesday and will be repeated through the week.
Send a card, package
Residents can send holiday cards and messages of cheer to service members through the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. The drive runs through Dec. 7. For more information, go to www.redcross.org.
Two Lexington contract postal units are holding Support Our Troops events to assist those who want to send care packages to military members. Customers can bring packages ready to mail, or donate items and money for postage, to:
■ Nuts & Bolts CPU, 1315 Winchester Road, Suite 331 (Eastland Shopping Center).
■ PIP Printing CPU, 433 Southland Drive.
The Nuts and Bolts CPU will have a special ceremony at 4 p.m.
If you don't know a soldier serving overseas, you can find names and addresses through your church or workplace, or go to www.anysoldier.com.
Tips for sending APO/FPO packages: The address must include the soldier's name. Seal liquid contents in a separate container after wrapping it in an absorbent material to protect the contents of your package. For packages weighing one pound or more, fill out Customs form 2976-A. Items that are aerosol, flammable (including hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial gel), corrosive or toxic can't be mailed. Such items include perfume, cologne, aftershave, hair spray and mouthwash; lighters, matches and butane; cleaning agents and detergents; fingernail polish and nail polish remover; and bug sprays. All food items must be appropriately sealed and prepackaged.
Free meals for vets
Applebee's will say thank you to all veterans and active duty military on Wednesday. Show proof of military service and eat free. Go to www.applebees.com/vetsDay/default.aspx.
Golden Corral offers a free meal 5-9 p.m. Nov. 16 to anyone who has served in the military.
A commissioned monument for women in the military was unveiled during the Morgan County annual Veterans Day program Saturday in West Liberty. The monument is in Tredway/Kiwanis Memorial Park on Prestonsburg Street.
This monument is one of the few in the nation that recognizes women for their military service. Sculptor Stephen Tirone, a Marine veteran and a retired professor at Morehead State University, created three life-size bronze figures depicting military women of the past, the present and the future. The figures stand on a granite base inscribed with the names of the branches of the armed forces.
The walk of honor, surrounding the monument, consists of bricks with names of female and male veterans, symbolizing their military partnerships.
This endeavor has captured the attention of many across the state and nation. Retired Air Force Major Gen. Verna Fairchild was a speaker at the event, Fairchild represented the Women In Military Service for America Memorial, located at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D. C
The community project was initiated in January 2008 by the GFWC Kentucky Morgan County Woman's Club for the purpose of promoting women's history.