Two new plaques were unveiled at the War Memorial Building Monday morning—honoring Christian County residents killed in World War I and in the War on Terror.
Corporal Windell Jeryd Simmons of Hopkinsville was killed in Iraq in 2006 and his name will forever be memorialized on a plaque in the front lobby of the War Memorial Building on South Virginia Street.
His mother, Betty Simmons of Hopkinsville, joined two of her children on stage to help unveil the plaque in a Veterans Day morning ceremony.
Ms. Simmons says it meant a lot to her for the community to remember her son's sacrifice.
She says Veterans Day has always been special to her because she is also a veteran and military service is a tradition in her family.
The War Memorial Commission, chaired by VFW Post 1913 Commander John Brame, obtained $7,000 in grant money to buy the plaques. Two names of local African-American casualties from World War I were unintentionally omitted from that plaque, but Mayor Dan Kemp apologized and says that mistake will be fixed soon.
World War II veteran and VFW Post 1913 charter member Tag Mabry helped Brame and Christian County Judge-Executive Steve Tribble unveil that plaque.
The streets along downtown Hopkinsville this morning were packed with hundreds of well-wishers as veterans, local JROTC students and parade marchers made their way through town as part of Hopkinsville-Christian County annual Veterans Day Honor Parade.
Local Chamber Military Affairs Committee Director, Kensley Mclellan personally thanked all the veterans for their dedicated service to the nation.
The winner of this year’s Veterans Day Parade School Challenge went to Millbrooke Elementary School and Hopkinsville High School was named as the winner of the JROTC High School Challenge.
The front windows of Indian Hills Elementary School are lined with students' papers honoring veterans and each tells a unique story.
One of those stories is that of Mary Jo Hawkins, who served in the United States Navy. Her daughter, fifth grader Cassandra Hawkins, says the project was simply putting her mother's photo together with information on how she served the country on a piece of paper.
Mary Jo Hawkins says she served because of the example her father set.
Cassandra says she feels the same kind of pride in her own mother now.
The mother said she was proud of her daughter and proud of the school for choosing to honor those who served their country.
Former Vice-Presidential Candidate and former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin is scheduled to be at Fort Campbell next week to meet with Fort Campbell soldiers and host a book signing.
Ms. Palin is expected to meet with local soldiers and their families and sign copies of her latest book entitled Good Tidings and Great Joy on Friday, November 15th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Post Exchange.
No further information was released about Ms. Palin’s visit.
Fort Campbell’s Warrior Resiliency and Recovery Center and National Intrepid Center of Excellence satellite, Intrepid Spirit were recently visited by UFC guest fighters before their Fight for the Troops event today at the local post.
The Warrior Resiliency and Recovery Center is transitioning to the National Intrepid Center of Excellence satellite site, known as the Intrepid Spirit, once construction is complete in 2014 and is being funded by public donations.
Post officials say the UFC fighters that visited the center were former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin, Jim Miller and Fredson Paixao, who toured the facility and met with soldiers who are currently undergoing treatment at the center.