Several communities in the region have ceremonies planned to honor fallen veterans.
The Junior ROTC program in Warren County will place flags in the two local veterans cemeteries at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
Warren County’s annual Memorial Day program begins at 10 a.m. Monday at American Legion Post 23, according to Commander Roger Miller.
Miller said that Bowling Green Police Capt. Brett Hightower, who was wounded in Afghanistan, and his wife will be the keynote speakers. Following the talk, the community is invited to a meal. The post is at 208 Dishman Lane.
The Smiths Grove Women’s Club will have a Blue Star Memorial By-Way Marker Dedication from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Smiths Grove Cemetery.
The marker program was started in 1945 by National Garden Clubs to honor soldiers serving in World War II. Now the markers are dedicated to all men and women who have or will serve in the Armed Services.
Also helping with the event is the Warren East Garden Club. Members from both will help dedicate the marker and place flags on veterans’ graves. Refreshments will be served in the chapel after the ceremony. Several government officials are expected to be on hand for remarks.
Green River Cemetery Association in Richardsville will have a Memorial Day service at the cemetery at 10 a.m. Monday.
In Butler County, the Butler Chapter of DAR is hosting an event at 11 a.m. Monday on the courthouse lawn.
Member Jennifer Odle said that Capt. Brian Duffy, past commander of Kentucky Veterans of Foreign Wars, will be the speaker.
Duffy was instrumental in getting Kentucky’s Honor Flight program started. The program takes WWII vets to Washington, D.C., to see the monument to the war they fought in.
Afterward, there will be a reception for Duffy at the VFW, 361 Veterans Way, in Morgantown.
Glasgow will observe two ceremonies Monday, according to Bobby Travis of the Barren County Veterans Association, which is sponsoring the events.
The first begins at 10 a.m. at Glasgow Municipal Cemetery, where Ret. Command Sgt. Maj. Phillip Gearlds of the Kentucky National Guard will speak. That ceremony will be followed by one at Memorial Gardens on Happy Valley Road. Flags will be placed Saturday on veterans’ graves.
Bowling Green attorney and historian Ray Buckberry will be the featured speaker at Russellville’s Memorial Day ceremony. The program will begin at 10 a.m. and will include the presentation of colors by the Russellville National Guard unit, the missing man table and a wreath ceremony.
In Edmonson County, the Brownsville Chapter of Disabled American Veterans will have its program at 10 a.m. Monday at the Edmonson County Courthouse Memorial, according to Commander Wiley Willis.
Willis said he will give a short speech, a wreath will be placed on the memorial, taps will be played and colors presented.
“People just don’t turn out like they used to, so we are hoping for a better crowd this year,” he said.