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Saluting Mercer's Veterans

The Harrodsburg Herald of Harrodsburg, Kentucky

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Local Agencies and Schools Honor Veterans

Veterans Day is Wednesday, Nov. 11, but Mercer County will be celebrating veterans all week long.

Thursday, Nov. 5

Harlow Early Learning Center will have their annual Veterans program on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 9:30 a.m. The program will feature a reader who is active in the military, kindergarten performances with the hand bells and a pinning ceremony by Heritage Hospice.

Harlow is located at 530 Perryville Road. For more information, call 733-7020.

Sunday, Nov. 8

This year is the year of the woman veteran. According to the KDVA, there are 33,000 women veterans in Kentucky.

Authors Jeffrey S. Suchanek and Jeanne Ontko Suchanek will read from their book, "Star-Spangled Hearts: American Women Veterans of World War II" on Sunday, Nov. 8, at 2:30 p.m. at the meeting room at the Mercer County Public Library, located at 109 West Lexington St., for more information call 734-7524.

Jeffrey Suchanek, senior archivist at the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky, co-wrote "Star-Spangled Hearts" with his wife, Jeanne. Their book won the 2012 Kentucky History Award from the Kentucky Historical Society.

Tuesday, Nov. 10

Mercer County High School, located at 1124 Moberly Road, 733-7160) will host their Veterans Day program at 10 a.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Students at Mercer County Intermediate School (1101 Moberly Road, 733-7080) are asked to invite veterans in their families to their assembly, which starts at 1:30 p.m. Guests are also invited to a small reception in the school cafeteria following the program.

Wednesday, Nov. 11 — Veterans Day

Start Veterans Day with a pancake breakfast at the Harrodsburg VFW Bataan Memorial Post 6935. Breakfast will be served at the Harrodsburg armory (951 Beaumont Ave.) from 6-9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11. For more information, call 612-9462.

There is no charge, but donations are appreciated.

"Everyone's welcome," said VFW Post Commander Mike Brown. Brown said it's the first year the VFW is offering the breakfast. "People can have breakfast here and go on to the events at the schools."

The program at King Middle School (937 Moberly Road, 733-7060) starts at 9 a.m. while the program at Mercer County Elementary School (741 Tapp Road, 733-7040) starts at 10 a.m.

There will also be a Veterans Appreciation Day dinner at the Danville National Guard Armory, 482 Stanford Ave, Danville, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fish and barbecue will be served by Heritage Hospice of Danville. There will also be door prizes. Veterans from Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer Counties will all be honored. For more information, call the Heritage Hospice Veterans Committee at 236-2425.

There were approximately 339,000 veterans living in Kentucky in September 2013, according to the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA). A third of them — 116,000 — served during the Vietnam War. Yet in many ways, Vietnam is a forgotten war.

The conflict's 50th anniversary is being commemorated at the Kentucky Vietnam Memorial, 365 Vernon Cooper Drive, Frankfort, starting at 10 a.m.

For more information, call Jack Mattingly, president of Harrodsburg Chapter 1104 of the Vietnam Veterans of America (WA), at 734-0217.

The VVA meets the second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. on the second floor of the Mercer County Health Department, 900 N. College St.



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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015



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