National Guard Memorial Day Ceremony honors fallen soldiers

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – This Memorial Day, the Kentucky National Guard honored fallen soldiers at the state capitol, on a year that also marks the 80th anniversary of World War II.

At the ceremony, 15 fallen soldiers of the 103rd and 106th Coast Artillery Battalions were honored. All of their names appear on the National Guard Memorial Wall.

There was also another name added to the wall at this year’s ceremony: Private Winstell Hearell, 19 of Webster County. Private Hearell was killed while guarding a railroad trestle in 1917.

“Each and every one of these individuals died for us. And the question is how we live our lives for them,” shared Gov. Andy Beshear at the event.

Gov. Beshear also recognized Kentucky Gold Star families who lost loved ones while serving.

Brigadier General Jeffery Wilkinson also stressed the importance of recognizing the sacrifices of the families of the fallen.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be here,” shared Brigadier General Wilkinson. “We should honor our, those who have given all for the defense of our nation, as well as the family members who are left behind and carry that sacrifice with them every day and they are true heroes and they exemplify what it is that we strive to do with service before self.”

The ceremony included a cannon salute, a wreath laying and playing of ‘Taps.’

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