NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Veterans Day Ceremony was held Monday morning at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville.
2019 is the 100th anniversary of families celebrating Veterans Day.
Camp Nelson National Cemetery and the Central Kentucky Veterans Committee say it is a privilege to honor the service men and women of the U.S. military, veterans, active-duty service members, guardsmen and reservists.
The committee says from the Revolutionary War to the current War on Terror, men and women from all walks of life have shared the common bond of their oath to defend this nation — no matter the danger or the cost.
It is also the 100th anniversary of The American Legion. With more than 2.3 million members, these veterans continue serving our communities.
A canon salute at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month started the veterans day celebration at Camp Nelson.
“I served because I love the country. I didn’t serve to be thanked. I didn’t serve for benefits, I served because I love the country,” says U.S Air Force Veteran Dr. Peter Trzop.
Hundreds were in attendance for the event sponsored by the Central Kentucky Veterans Committee, which says it grows each year.
“Today the weather was iffy and we still had five hundred maybe so we’re pleased with it, we’re proud of it. It’s becoming a community event,” says committee member Skip Kramer.
A community event to honor those who served our country..
“It’s a pride thing. We are proud of what we did,” says Kramer.
And to remember the thousands of lives lost doing so.
“And to provide some peace and solace to those that are here, that are laid to rest,” says Kramer.
Trzop says it’s important to still serve america even when the uniform is put up, by continuing to give back to the community.
“I think if we have more veterans focused on that and say ‘there are veterans in need their families are in need and our communities need us to the day we stop’ then I think we’d have less problems with PTSD and the suicide rates and I think we’ll have better communities,” says Trzop.
According to a 2016 VA report about 20 veterans commit suicide a day.
Trzop says it’s not just veterans, but also the country and the citizens within it, who also need to be thanked.
“We are so lucky to be called veterans because they allowed us to be veterans,” says Trzop.