Public wreath-laying ceremonies will be held Friday and Saturday at national cemeteries in the area to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
Three ceremonies are scheduled Friday: 10 a.m. at Lexington Cemetery off West Main Street; 11 a.m. at Mill Springs National Cemetery at Nancy in Pulaski County; and 5 p.m. at Danville National Cemetery inside Bellevue Cemetery on North First Street.
A fourth and final wreath-laying will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Camp Nelson National Cemetery off U.S. 27, six miles south of Nicholasville.
During each ceremony, a wreath will be placed to honor those members of "the Greatest Generation" who endured the Great Depression and fought and won World War II.
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Aug. 14, 1945, is recognized as the end of World War II. It's the day Japan agreed to surrender, although the formal surrender happened more than two weeks later, on Sept. 2, on the deck of the USS Missouri, a battleship that saw considerable action during the war.
The wreath-laying ceremonies are in conjunction with the Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive organization, which is coordinating similar ceremonies nationwide. Go to Spiritof45.org/home0.aspx to find other events.