Two new plaques were unveiled at the War Memorial Building this 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.