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Veterans ceremony returning to E'town Nature Park

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Tribute to be site for yearly event

By Marty Finley

Elizabethtown’s salute to its armed forces continues next month.

The city is hosting a second Veterans Day ceremony one year after it dedicated the Hardin County Veterans Tribute, which features bronze sculptures cast representing all branches of the U.S. military.

Elizabethtown hosts the ceremony Nov. 11 beside the tribute in conjunction with American Legion Post 113 inside the Nature Park off Ring Road.

The ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m. with the posting of colors scheduled for 11 a.m. to symbolize the signing of the armistice Nov. 11, 1918, to end World War I, which marked the first Veterans Day, according to a city news release.

Keynote speaker is Ken Lucas, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs. Mayor Edna Berger and Jesse Hall, past post commander of American Legion Post 113, are expected to speak, and music will be performed, said Events Coordinator Sarah Vaughn.

“We’re still working out the details,” Vaughn said of the ceremony.

Berger in a statement said Elizabethtown is proud to have a tribute where residents can pay their respects on a daily basis.

“We are proud of our veterans and need to celebrate their contributions every day,” Berger said.

Hall said American Legion Post 113 is honored to do its part to commemorate the sacrifices and services of U.S. defenders. Guests are invited to lunch at the American Legion headquarters, 1251 Ring Road, following the ceremony.

Elizabethtown is taking over the ceremony after the Hardin County Veterans Tribute transitioned all authority for the tribute and its brick and paver program to the city. The tribute committee agreed to relinquish all of its records on fundraising and construction and make a monetary contribution of $10,000 for ongoing maintenance before disbanding.

Vaughn said the city is handling logistics and any other facets the American Legion needs to host the ceremony.

“It’s going to be an annual event, and it will always be held at the vet tribute (as a way) to celebrate our veterans each year,” Vaughn said.

To purchase a brick or paver, call 270-765-6121 or go to www.vettribute.org.

Marty Finley can be reached at 270-505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com.