Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Fallen Edmonson County Veterans were honored today in a private ceremony in the Brownsville Courtyard at the Wiley N. Willis Veterans Memorial Wall.
Hosted by the Edmonson County DAV 32 and local DAV Auxiliary, a few veterans and their families attended today's private event to honor local veterans who were killed in the line of duty.
DAV Chapter #32 Commander Jack Hasty opened the ceremony with prayer and Adjutant and KY State Jr. Vice-Commander Mike Stoyonovich read each name of the fallen from the war memorial. An honorary wreath, donated by Madison's Flowers, was placed in front of the memorial wall just before DAV member Benny Durbin played "Taps" at the conclusion of the ceremony.
"We thank you for coming today," said Maurita Miller, DAV Auxiliary member. "We couldn't have our normal ceremony under the circumstances, but we felt it was important to have something on Memorial Day. We hope to have a full ceremony later on when there is not as much danger to the public to meet."
Mr. Hasty had similar comments.
"We will plan to have a ceremony later that will combine our Vietnam Veteran ceremony that we didn't get to hold in March. We appreciate seeing you all here today," he said.
The following names of Edmonson County soldiers killed in the line of duty were read aloud:
World War I Deaths:
Edmonson County April 6, 1917 through November 11, 1918
June 27, 1950 through January 31, 1955
August 5, 1964 through May 7, 1975