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Kentucky Medal of Honor recipient to be honored during charity event

Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer, who was awarded the Medal of Honor on Thursday, was grand marshal for Greensburg's Cow Days Parade on Saturday.
Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer, who was awarded the Medal of Honor on Thursday, was grand marshal for Greensburg's Cow Days Parade on Saturday. Daniel Houghton

Kentucky Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer will be honored in a ceremony in his home county on Oct. 2, Adair County officials have announced.

The event will be at 2 p.m. (CDT) at the Lindsey Wilson College football stadium in Columbia. Meyer will take part in a parade leading to the stadium, and there will be an opportunity to get a signed photo taken with him.

Several public officials are scheduled to attend, including Republican U.S. Reps. Hal Rogers and Ed Whitfield; state Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville; and state Rep. John "Bam" Carney, R-Campbellsville.

Proceeds from the event will benefit a scholarship fund for the children of wounded U.S. Marines. Meyer is raising money for the fund.

Meyer, 23, was awarded the Medal of Honor this month for heroic action during a fire fight in Afghanistan in September 2009 in which he was credited with saving 36 soldiers. He was a Marine corporal at the time.

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