Lexington Veterans Day Parade names 2017 grand marshals

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Lexington Veterans Day Parade committee has selected two central Kentucky residents as grand marshals for the city’s 2017 parade.

According to the city, Micki King and Matthew Bradford will serve as the parade’s grand marshals, representing two of America’s armed services.

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The city says King retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Colonel after serving 26 years on active duty. They say she represented the U.S. in Germany as part of the U.S. Olympic diving team in 1972. They say she served as the assistant athletic director at the University of Kentucky for 14 years and remains active in the Lexington community.

According to the city, Bradford served in the U.S. Marine Corps for seven years, where he was severely injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2007. They say he lost his sight and had both legs amputated. The city explains after years of rehabilitation, Bradford became the first blind, double amputee to re-enlist in the Marine Corps in 2010 and served in the Wounded Warrior Battalion until 2012.

The city says Bradford is a graduate of UK and now works in Congressman Andy Barr’s office, focusing on veteran outreach.

The parade is part of the Week of Valor, a series of events throughout Central Kentucky paying tribute to veterans and those still serving.

The Lexington Veteran’s Day Parade committee is continuing to accept entries for the parade until October 31.

For parade applications or a full schedule of the week’s events, click here.