Veterans to Play Key Role in Inaugural Parade

Vietnam and Korean Veterans, fallen Kentucky Officers and First Responders to be Honored

Frankfort, KY - The Bevin-Hampton Inaugural Parade will honor Vietnam and Korean War veterans, as well as fallen Kentucky first responders, the Inaugural Committee announced today.

A Fallen Officers Memorial Unit will pay special tribute to four Kentucky police officers who have died this year. Four lines will march in missing man formation behind a bagpiper and drummer. The formation will be in memory of: Officer Daniel Ellis, Richmond Police Department; Officer Burke Rhoads, Nicholasville Police Department; Trooper Eric Chrisman, Kentucky State Police; and Trooper Cameron Ponder, Kentucky State Police.

An ambulance from the Jessamine County EMS will be included in the parade to honor paramedic John Mackey, who died earlier this month. The Allen Volunteer Fire Department from Floyd County will participate to honor their chief, Billy Ray Jarvis, who died earlier this year.

The final unit in the Inaugural Parade will be a Veterans Celebration, led by Donnie Jenkins, a Kentucky Medal of Honor Recipient from Vietnam. The Holmes High School ROTC will usher in a 45-foot flat-bed float carrying Vietnam and Korean War Veterans. As they arrive at the viewing stand, Governor-Elect Bevin will personally thank them for their service.

“Our veterans play an important role in our history and our future,” said Lt. Governor-Elect Hampton. “We want to personally thank our Korean and Vietnam veterans for their service. By putting a focus on them in the parade, our community will be reminded of the tremendous sacrifices they made in serving our country. And the same holds true for our fallen officers. We should not forget the sacrifices our uniformed officers make in protecting our communities.”

“Governor-Elect Bevin has said that his administration will be focused on economic growth and strength for all Kentuckians as we are truly one Kentucky,” said Will T. Scott, former Supreme Court Justice and a member of the Inaugural Committee. “The Veterans Celebration is an important tribute for uniformed men and women to be officially recognized and thanked for their service and sacrifice.”

The parade is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. on December 8th, traveling up Capital Avenue toward the Kentucky State Capitol building.

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