Dedication Ceremony

Blackford Veteran's Memorial Bridge & Veteran's Walk of Honor

 

 

 

May 27, 2006 2:00 PM  Blackford, Crittenden County, Kentucky

Patriotism and honor were the feelings of veterans Saturday afternoon at the grand opening of a new Veteran's Walk of Honor just off Blackford Church Road.

 

The ceremony included patriotic songs, military processions, a flyby of a US Army Blackhawk helicopter and several guest speakers. The color Guard was provided by Hopkins County High School Jr. Airforce ROTC, Commanded by LTC. Jim Shane. The event also included the first viewing of a monument that will honor veterans and highlight the meaning of the trail. The monument is an over four foot tall stone square headpiece.  Just behind the stone are two silhouettes of military men and a flag pole.

The project is the vision of Breton (Danny) Witherspoon, a highly decorated Vietnam Veteran and Director of the Veterans Walk of Honor. Mr. Witherspoon began the project after using grant funds to preserve a historic bridge near the area. A railroad once passed through where the trial is located today. The owners of the railroad removed the tracks and planned to destroy a bridge on the trial. Mr. Witherspoon applied for a grant and was awarded funds to preserve the bridge for historical value.

Using the momentum built from his first project, Witherspoon set out on his next challenge, a veteran's memorial honoring US veterans from all conflicts since the American Revolutionary War. Witherspoon's dreams came to reality Saturday afternoon when approximately 500 people gathered for the opening.

The keynote speaker of the ceremony, Col John Heltzel, Commander of the Land Component of the Ky. ARNG out of Frankfort Ky, gave an inspiring speech to veterans. Another touching moment for the audience was the reading of veterans names by Kentucky Rep. Mike Cherry. Cherry was attired in full naval dress white uniform. Before reading the names he told the crowd that for the day he did not not want to be thought of as a State Representative, but as retired navel officer and fellow veteran. Judge Executive Fred Brown, Rev. Hank Ricketson, Rev. Noble Cobb and others also spoke, giving history, incite and spiritual thoughts to the audience.

After the ceremony, guest were able to inspect the Blackhawk helicopter that had flown by earlier, then landed and shut down on the beautiful memorial grounds adjacent to the Veteran's Walk of Honor.

 

Text for this page based on an article by

MICHAEL McCLENDON

PRESS STAFF WRITER The Crittenden Press

 

Veterans Day 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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