Veterans hold memorial service for Lexington Patriots

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington native Mike Sullivan is a retired veteran and a proud one who’s heart beats red, white and blue.

He says the passion he has to serve was passed down to him, by his 6th great grandfather, a revolutionary war patriot.

“He was Sergeant Major William Hall and he was with the 1st Regiment of Light Dragoons from Virginia. I suppose the history of it all it just stirred up a little patriotism in me,” admits Sullivan.

After high school Sullivan joined the Kentucky National Guard in 1963.  He was stationed here in Lexington for most of his service.  After 29 years, he retired with the title Lieutenant Colonel.

Sullivan is also the Kentucky State President of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

In a way he’s still serving, by remembering those from the past who fought for America and helping others remember as well.

“If it weren’t for their dedication and their patriotism we wouldn’t have a country,” says Sullivan.

On Sunday, the group honored five patriots buried at the Bethel Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Lexington.  Members dressed in patriot’s attire, placing flags among the graves of those who served. Sullivan’s attire went a step further, replicating of his 6th great grandfather’s uniform.

“It kind of still bring little chills to me knowing all these people and the things that they did enabled us to enjoy the freedoms that we have today,” says Sullivan.

Sullivan and his fellow patriots say even in 2021, they hope people remember those soldiers that helped make America, the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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