Two new groups of honorees inducted into Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – There’s not just one group of honorees being inducted into the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame this year.

Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the event, creating two groups of veterans to be honored this year: the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021.

Tuesday, both of these groups were announced during a banquet at Griffin Gate Marriott in Lexington. A total of 144 veterans will be honored this year.

The event included a parachuter from Fastrax Parachute, who jumped from an airplane onto the golf course carrying the American flag, and comments from Mayor Linda Gorton.

Honorees are nominated by other veterans, with an emphasis on community service. Organizers say the veterans are not chosen based on what they did in uniform, but what they did after their service ended.

“A veteran is somebody special. He’s somebody that has protected our land, protected your all’s lives, your father’s, your grandfather’s–all the way down the line. A veteran has always been there and always will be there,” said CEO and founder of Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame H.B. Deatherage.

The honorees will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame September 11, following a Golf Scramble Benefit on September 10. Both events will be held at the Marriott Griffin Gate.

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