The Stinking Creek community observed Armistice Day on Sat, May 19, 2018 at the Dewitt Elementary School. Ms. Marcie Walker, School Principal for 10 years, and Derrick Mills, School Resource Center Director, organized the event which included individuals and over 25 groups who set up tables to provide information and educational opportunities to an estimated crowd of 250 people from the community and county. Some of the groups who set up booths were Kentucky Adult Education, Knox County Extension Office, Dewitt School Odyssey of the Mind, The Gideons International, Knox Central High School, Army National Guard, Staffmark (London), Arts Behind Bars (Knox County jail program), Lend-A-Hand Center, Knox County Army Jr. ROTC, The Job Shop (Laurel County), Knox County Health Dept., Paparazzi, Rhonda Gambrel, Sweet Stuff Ministry, Knox County Sheriff Dept. and Save The Children. There was also a couple from Canada on hand to talk to and help with the program and the Good News of the Gospel was available throughout the event.
An ambulance from Knox County, a fire truck from the Stinking Creek Volunteer Fire Dept. and an Army Humvee were on hand for the public to see and appreciate.
At noon the Jr. ROTC Color Guard led the special Armistice Day Program which included prayer, the National Anthem and special recognition for both veterans and currently-serving military personnel.
Adults and children from the Stinking Creek community were not discouraged by the short, late morning showers. The children had their faces painted for free and that led to many smiling, happy faces. A free lunch with drinks brought many people to the school cafeteria which led to a time of fellowship and story-telling as well as a time to sit, relax and enjoy their meal. Steve Smith was on hand to give people rides with his horse and buggy.
It was a special event and time to honor the men and women who have served and are serving our country. They deserve our recognition and respect for their sacrifices. This well-planned and well-attended event also provided a time for the children and families in our community of Stinking Creek and Knox County to interact with one and other and to have a good neighborly time of fun and fellowship. We hope this will be an annual event; plan to join us next year.