This last December 17th, we had the privilege to be part of the memorial service and wreath laying at the Kentucky Veteran's Cemetery West.
We hadn't been there before. It is quite beautifully set up.
The memorial service was held in the pavilion area.
These ladies are "Gold Star Wives". They all have lost their husbands in war. They are the local impetus for the wreath laying in our area.
The 101st Airborne Division provided the Color Guard for the ceremony.
The honorary wreaths were placed by members of the Armed Forces. From Right to Left: Army, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines, and US Navy...plus one other...
... a wreath laid for those who didn't come home and who were a prisoner of war... laid by one of their own.
Honoring these men served in Korea and WWII (the gentleman in the chair was 100 years old).
The stacks and stacks of wreaths... one for every 1748 veterans, 566 dependents, and 17 service members who were killed in action.
We will SO be back next year.