As the daughter of a U.S. Army veteran and mother of an active-duty soldier, Vine Grove Mayor Pam Ogden holds the military dear to her heart.

That’s one of many reasons she’s looking forward to Saturday’s 22nd annual Hardin County Veterans Day celebration in Vine Grove, she said.

“I do feel like we need to show our appreciation back to the military,” said Ogden, who also said her former father-in-law, who recently died, also was retired military.

“The military is what keeps us here and what keeps us safe,” she said. “I think sitting out there for a little bit in the cool temperatures is the least we can do for all that they do for us.”

Temperatures are expected to be in the 40s with sunny skies.

The celebration begins at 10 a.m. with a parade beginning at St. Brigid Church and ending at Optimist Park. A short ceremony at 11 a.m. at the park features Fort Knox Brig. Gen. Michael Roache as guest speaker. He and his wife, Cyndy, are grand marshals of the parade.

The Ladies for Liberty, a World War II-style singing troupe and regular participants in the Vine Grove event, also perform.

“They’re very entertaining,” Ogden said.

A Missing Man ceremony also will be held.

A light lunch then will be served for veterans and others who attend.

Ogden said the celebration is well attended with numerous veterans in the crowd. It usually lasts about two hours.

“We’re very appreciative of our military and this is something we look forward to each year,” she said.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757 or jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com.

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