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29 Kentucky veterans to be inducted into the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame

Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame

The largest ever class of veterans is set to be inducted into the Kentucky Veteran’s Hall of Fame Saturday in Lexington.

29 Kentucky veterans will be honored Saturday morning at 10 during an induction ceremony at the Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott.

H.B. Deatherage is Founder and CEO of the Kentucky Veteran’s Hall of Fame. He said any Kentucky resident with a military background can be nominated.

“It doesn’t make any difference what rank or where they're at or anything like that, because probably 75% of what we base it on is their community service, what they've done in the community since the military is basically what it's based on,” said Deatherage.

Deatherage said that community service can be a variety of things.

“A lot of them have worked a lot in the community with the youth, youth sports, getting youth prepared for life and so forth. A lot of them have worked very feverishly in their churches, and a lot of them have worked setting up community organizations to make the world a better place to live in,” said Deatherage.

Deatherage said more than 200 Kentucky veterans have been inducted since the Hall of Fame was created ten years ago.

Nominations are accepted year-round. Deatherage said a gala dinner draws focus on the inductees’ military careers. The induction ceremony tomorrow morning will focus on their community service. Deatherage said the honorees will then be inducted into the Kentucky Veteran’s Hall of Fame, receive a medal and have their names displayed on a plaque at the capitol rotunda in Frankfort.

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Samantha was a reporter and All Things Considered Host from 2019 to 2023. Sam is also a graduate of Morehead State University and worked for MSU's Public Radio Station.
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