FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — On Tuesday, the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame inducted new members.
Twenty-five veterans have now joined a long list of inductees in the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame. The veterans stood proudly as their names were called out. Three of this year's inductees have died, but were represented by friends and family.
"There's only like five states now that have a hall of fame. In Kentucky, we're lucky enough to have one," said H.B. Deatherage, the Executive Director and CEO of the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame.
Army Veteran Carey T. Christie served in Vietnam and was awarded a bronze star medal for heroism.
"I just recently went on an honor flight and this is kind of like the icing on the cake," said Christie.
Inductees are not only commended for their service to their country, but also for their service to the community when they came home.
"Once they put the medals in the drawer. Once they took off their uniform, they continued to serve, either VA, blood, churches. Those are the kind of people we're looking for," said Deatherage.
The ceremony ended with songs and flags held high.
"To keep on giving keeps that spirit alive inside of you. You stop giving and you lose that spirit. We need that spirit in our country right now," said Christie.