Citizens across Grayson County paused to celebrate and honor the service and self-sacrifice of American veterans this past Veterans Day (Wednesday, Nov. 11).
The local American Legion posts, as well as Grayson County Schools held ceremonies honoring Grayson County’s men and women whom have served in the armed forces.
One such group, American Legion Post 81, held its annual Veterans Day program on Wednesday morning.
The program featured the recognition of local veterans of armed conflict, a performance of the National Anthem by Rodney Cain, and the preparation of the prisoners of war (POW)/missing in action (MIA) table, honoring those in uniform whose fates have gone unaccounted for.
American Legion Post 81 Commander Shane Thomason served as the guest speaker for Post 81’s Veterans Day program.
In addition to promoting the currently under construction American Legion Post 81 Veterans Memorial Park and the newly initiated K9 Service Dogs for PTSD program, through which Post 81 provides service dogs to local veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, Thomason also spoke about why he chose to take over as Post 81 Commander.
Thomason said joining the military saved his life, giving him a mission and purpose while deployed in Iraq, and upon returning home, he has found a new mission, through the American Legion, to help improve the lives of local veterans, many of whom struggle to adjust to home life.
“My plan and mission now is to help veterans here,” Thomason said. “I’m not going to give up on them.”
Also on Wednesday, Grayson County’s schools held programs throughout the day to recognize veteran staff members and students’ veteran family members for their service.
Post 81 continued its Veterans Day celebration on Thursday, Nov. 12, as well, as members visited Breckinridge Grayson Head Start in Leitchfield to discuss the meaning of being a veteran with students.
Additional reporting by Brittany Wise and Theresa Armstrong.
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