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Last Saturday’s weather for Guard Duty’s fourth annual Veterans Celebration was glorious but not as wonderful as the support that came out to honor our veterans from our community!
Special heroes within our community include Chris Riggs of Hometown Pizza and Darren Lambdin of Snappy Tomato Pizza for their generous donations of pizzas that fed the military troops who came to set up games, displays, and vehicles to honor our veterans and entertain the public. Special thanks to Matt and Angie Goldstein of Taylorsville County Mart for providing the water and soda pop for the troops!
Heartfelt thanks go to heroes that lead and participate in Guard Duty events such as the polished examples of military honor reflected in CWO4 Hobert Judd, US Army, retired, who has the command of the day’s events and had also provided this year the public relief facilities, Commander Wayne Hall and the VFW Color Guard of Post 1170. Officers Donna Kidd and Bill White, Louisville Metro Mounted Patrol, who provide the caparisoned horse, often referred to the “cap” or riderless horse, a powerful military symbol that stands among the highest of honors for the fallen, Colonel Donna Lucchese and SMSgt. Pfost who command the Color Guard of the Nelson County High School JROTC, Sgt. Naylor and the cadets of the Spencer County High JROTC Club, and the Sons of the American Revolution. Special thanks go to Ms Pickett and the Spencer County High School Band along with Brett Beaverson, Sue and Robert McGowan, Joy and Scotty Jeppson.
We are truly grateful for the faithfulness of Troop Leader Wes Robison and the scouts of the Pack 465, who came to our rescue in an extra special way this year as they held the easels up and in place during the windy wreath laying ceremony. Guard Duty also sends out a special homecoming salute to one of the fathers of a scout, UT1 Doug Hayes, US Navy Seabee, who recently returned to our community after his deployment in Iraq. Doug also lent a big hand with the day’s festivities.
Faithful to Guard Duty each year providing their special technical services to accommodate the needs of the Veterans Parade and Defenders are community leaders, Jerry Davis, parade announcer and sound; Keith and Sharon Thomas, who provide “Defender’s” sound system, Steven Coulter, Sheriff of Spencer County, Toby Lewis, Chief of Taylorsville Police, Nathan Nation, Chief of Spencer Co. Fire Department, and Randy Wise of the Taylorsville Parks and Recreation.
Keeping the veterans and elderly out of the sun was due to the generosity of Steve Collins, Hall and Taylor Funeral Home, for the use of their tent and chairs. Thank you to Dennis Eisenback for the use of the trailer for the reviewing stand. Thank you, Jimmy Simpson, KY Transportation Cabinet, for the use of the flashing message boards.
Thank you Keynote Speaker David Worley of the KY Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Thanks to the fine men and women of our US Armed Forces for providing the vehicles, displays, and games. Thanks go out to Glenn Smith, Mt. Washington, and the WWII reenactors, Robert Conley, Louisville, for the WWII educational trailer and vehicle, Bill Neal,Taylorsville, and the Good Time Cruisers, Louis Inbrogno and the Bikers for Christ, Eric Jones and his motorcycle club. Thank you, also, Mayor Pay, the Spencer County Magistrates and Taylorsville commissioners for your attendance in honoring our veterans. Thank you, veterans, for coming out and allowing us to honor you. You are the heroes of our country and we all are eternally grateful for your service and many sacrifices!
Last but certainly not least, thank you Robin Bass, Editor of Spencer Magnet, and Reporter Laura Clark for the great news coverage of the Veterans Celebration event. Thanks for helping us in a big way to get the word out regarding this patriotic annual event.
DJ Fee, Founder of Guard Duty, Inc.