A monument for the 71 men with specific Christian County ties who fought in the Revolutionary war was dedicated at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West this morning.
A very large crowd braved extreme heat to see the tall monument unveiled, with several local elected officials and other dignitaries among those in attendance. The featured speaker was Fort Campbell and 101st Airborne Division Commander Major General James McConville, who compared the 71 names on the wall with the men and women of Fort Campbell today.
He said they share more in common than the fact they signed up for service in a time of war.
Christian County Historian William Turner gave background information on the monument, including the fact that the local Sons of the American Revolution organization did much of the research in coming up with the list of names.
The 101st Color Guard presented the colors, Hopkinsville High School Band Director Johnny Brown played “Taps” and music was performed by the Nashville Outreach Express Mission Choir.
Turner says it’s likely ongoing research will result in more names being placed on the monument in the coming years.