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Veteran’s Day 2014

Louisville, KY

Photos by Jim & Kathy Cummings


Louisville, KY
Veteran’s Day is back on the map in Louisville, KY. After a long absence due to budget issues the parade returned in 2011. Mayor Greg Fisher took the step to bring the parade back with urging from many Veterans, including his father who walked in the parade with him. Coordinated by Wayne Hettinger, who manages the city’s Thunder over Louisville Derby Celebration, today’s parade was filled with military units, civic groups and many Veteran’s groups dedicated to the health and well being of today’s returning veteran’s.

A pleasant surprise was the presence of over 1400 Jefferson County School students and teachers invited to participated. They walked the parade route and gathered in front of the stage to hear the guest speakers.

On the dais were special guests Heather French Henry - Commissioner of Kentucky's Department of Veterans Affairs, Congressman John Yarmuth, and Kentucky National Guard Adjutant Major General Edward W. Tonini. Other guests were Medal of Honor Winners - Hershel W. Williams, Medal of Honor Recipient; WWII, Ernest West, Medial of Honor Recipient; Korean Conflict, Don Jenkins, Medal of Honor Recipient; Vietnam War.

After the speeches, awards, flag ceremonies and more the city followed with a dedication of a new Vietnam Memorial on the riverfront held at 2 pm the same afternoon.

The Parade Participants

Parade Participants

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Children at the Parade


Special Guests & Speakers

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Dedication

Photos Coming Soon!


Joint Armed Services Color Guard (presented by VFW Post #1170, Middletown, KY)
US Army Color Guard
US Army 113th Army Band – Dragoons – Fort Knox, KY
General and Mrs. David Puster, Commanding General 84th Training Command – Fort Knox, KY
Sergeant Audie Murphy Club – Fort Knox, KY.
LMPD Color Guard
Louisville Fire Department Color Guard
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Honor Guard
Louisville Metro EMS Honor Guard
Mayor Greg Fischer and Metro Employee Veterans
Mayor George Hauck, Mayor; Schnitzelberg – Louisville, KY
Representative John Yarmuth – 3rd Congressional District, Kentucky
Grand Marshal – Hershel W. Williams, Medal of Honor Recipient; WWII
Grand Marshal – Ernest West, Medial of Honor Recipient; Korean Conflict
Grand Marshal – Don Jenkins, Medal of Honor Recipient; Vietnam War
Heather French Henry, Commissioner Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs & Miss America 2000
Thomas Cork, USMC Ret; Congressional Gold Medal Recipient & Original Montford Point Marine
Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs – Woman Veteran of the Year
UAW Local 862 and Ford Motor Company
Humana Veterans Network Resource Group
VFW Post #1170 Van and Veterans
Atria – St. Matthews
Interlink Consulting Services, Inc.
Kentucky NABVETS
Heartland Chapter 767, Military Order of Purple Heart
Daniel Boone E9 Association
Team 12, Kentucky Honor Mission
Chapter 6, Disabled American Veterans
Women Veterans Rock & Athena’s Sisters
Veterans Voices of Kentuckiana Mental Health Consulting Council
Seven Counties Services
Volunteers of America of Kentucky
The Society of the Cincinnati – Dr. Jack Early
Gov. Isaac Shelby Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution
John Marshall Chapter, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution
Salt River Chapter, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution

Sons of Confederate Veterans
100th Division, US Army
Veterans for Peace
SPC Kendall Gabriel, USA, Ret.
AMVETS Post #9
AMVETS Post #61
Jefferson County Public School Veterans
Martha Layne Collins High School Army JROTC
Girl Scout Troop 1145 and Cub Scout Pack 4043
Jefferson County Veterans Treatment Court
Sunset Lodge #915
Veteran Connection
Jerry Horine
Active Heroes, Inc
Kentucky Pro Bass Warrior
Karl Truman Law Office
Naval Operational Support Center Louisville – US Navy
Fleet Reserve Association
United Submarine Veterans, Inc. – Louisville Base
Seneca High School Marine JROTC
Montford Point Marine Association Louisville Chapter #22
Derby City Truck Club, LLC
Louisville Composite Squadron; Civil Air Patrol
United States Coast Guard
American Legion, Oldham County Post 39 – LaGrange, KY
Knights of Columbus – Monsignor Bouchet Assembly #308
American Red Cross
Aahmed Grotto
Richard D. Perry
KILROY Military Vehicle Club
Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club
Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 454
Vietnamese Community of Louisville
Vietnamese Veterans of Louisville
Eastern High School Army JROTC
Louisville Fire Department

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