By Bobbie Poynter
The Dr. Thomas Walker Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution hosted a reception Saturday for Knox County veterans. Even with the advent of Saturday being the first day of deer hunting season, 15 veterans representing all the factions of the Armed Forces came to help the ladies celebrate Veterans Day.
Long-time Barbourville resident and Past Commander of the Barbourville American Legion, Joe Baty, more than appreciated the ladies’ efforts.
“These ladies are doing a great job,” he said. There are a lot of people out there who don’t know the sacrifices veterans have given for their country.”
Baty then encouraged everyone present to add a service member’s name to the Barbourville Veterans’ Memorial at Post 69. The Post is dedicating a section of its 8 ½ acres of land to honor all veterans (of all wars), living or deceased, with a service wall.
Musical entertainment for the reception was performed by Knox County High School Music Director Eddie Campbell and members of the high school choir.
Regent Claudia Greenwood then introduced the guest speaker. Col. John Knox Mills, Kentucky Army National Guard State Judge Advocate, is an associate professor of criminal justice at the University of the Cumberlands, where he teaches courses in both the undergraduate and graduate programs.
“Just as a nation rallies for its troops in a time of war, this same country must rally for its veterans during times of peace,” said Mills.
He then paid homage to the citizen soldiers of the Army National Guard.
“We remember the sacrifices made by the troops of the 149th and their families. We remember them leaving this community, their families and their homes, to deploy to distant and dangerous places.
“Even though the Kentucky Guard may not be their full-time occupation, it’s their full-time devotion.”
Each of the 15 veterans were then presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from the DAR.